Harassment On The Job
Do you have nude pictures in your workplace? Tell dirty jokes? Make
suggestive remarks to other employees? If you answered yes to any of these questions you may be guilty of
Harassment is an issue that is covered by the same federal law that protects us from sexual
society the number of sexual harassment cases is rapidly rising. What seemed like a harmless action to some
individuals may lead to grounds for suspension, termination, and even lawsuits. It is difficult to determine the
false accusations of sexual harassment which can end up costing your company greatly.
discriminate against a person is to deny them rights, benefits, wages, or opportunities because that person
belongs to a certain group. Sexual harassment is defined as:
advances or requests for sexual favors;
Any verbal or
physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct is expressed or implied as a
condition of employment;
Submission to or
rejection of such conduct, used as a basis for employment decisions;
When such conduct
substantially interferes with a person's work performance;
The creation of an
intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
sexual harassment is any inappropriate and unwelcome behavior with a sexual overtone that causes a negative
affect on a person's work environment. Examples of sexual harassment, if carried out in the workplace
Displaying obscene or
offensive pictures or reading materials
gestures or sounds
Whistling or leering
pressure for dates
Sending letters or
making telephone calls not wanted by the receiver
touching, patting, etc.
Telling dirty jokes
favors from a subordinate
think of an injury as a traumatic event resulting in broken bones, or blood gushing from open wounds. People
also suffer injuries that have no outwardly observable signs.
psychological injuries which can be just as devastating, disabling and scarring as any visible injury. Victims
of sexual harassment often suffer from embarrassment, loss of reputation, fear of retaliation, criticism, blame,
loss of their jobs, stress, low productivity, absenteeism, and low morale.
including the harasser, the victim, and the employer suffer when sexual harassment exists in the workplace.
Think about your behavior around other employees for a moment. Are you guilty of sexual harassment? If you are,
stop now. And if you are the victim of sexual harassment, you do not have to put up with this. Report it to your
Some behaviors may not seem
offensive in your view, but they may be offensive to others.