What constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace?

  • There is a wide variety of behaviors that can constitute sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • Generally speaking, unwelcome physical advances or verbal communications of a sexual nature that creates a hostile or intimidating environment are considered sexual harassment.
  • Sexual harassment can also be a request for sexual favors in exchange for employment benefits. This is called quid pro quo.
  • It can apply to anyone.
  • Generally speaking, the critical element is that the actions must be unwelcome.
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