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What is sexual harassment?
  • Sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature from any gender.

Sexual harassment is generally defined as unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct:

  • Affects an individual’s employment,
  • Unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or
  • Creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Sexual harassment is not limiting — it covers a wide variety of circumstances. The victim as well as the harasser may be any gender.

The harasser may be:

  • An employee’s supervisor,
  • An employee’s direct report,
  • A supervisor in another area,
  • A coworker, or
  • Or a non-employee such as a customer, vendor, or independent contractor.

Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the victim.