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Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it occurs in the workplace. EEOC guidelines define sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to such conduct is a term or condition of an individual’s employment. The requirement may be stated outright or may be implicit, or implied.
  • Submission to or rejection of the conduct is a basis for employment decisions
  • Conduct of a sexual nature has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with work performance
  • Conduct of a sexual nature creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
  • Unwelcome is the critical word. Unwelcome means unwanted. Sexual conduct is unwelcome whenever the person subjected to it considers it unwelcome.
  • Anyone, male or female, can be a victim of sexual harassment. The victim and the harasser can be a woman or a man, and they can be the same sex. A man might harass another man, a woman might harass another woman.
  • If you have been a victim of sexual harassment at the workplace, please contact our office.
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