What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when
- submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly or condition of an individual employment or
- submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting such individual or
- such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
Sexual harassment includes many things actual or attempted rape or sexual assault
- unwanted pressure for sexual favours, unwanted deliberate touching, leaning over, cornering, or pinching, unwanted sexual looks or gestures, unwanted letters, telephone calls or material of sexual nature, unwanted pressure for dates, unwanted sexual teasing, jokes, remarks or questions. Referring to an adult as a girl, hunk, doll, baby, honey, whistling at someone, catcalls and sexual comments. Turning work discussions to sexual topics, sexual innuendos or stories, asking about sexual fantasies, preference or history. Even personal questions or our social / sexual life. Sexual comments about a person’s clothing, anatomy or looks, kissing sounds, smacking lips etc. Spreading rumours or telling lies about a person’s sex life.