What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual advances,
or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
This definition includes many forms of offensive behavior
and includes gender-based harassment of a person of
the same sex as the harasser. The term also includes
retaliation based on the termination of a prior intimate
relationship. The work environment also extends to non-work
places and non-work hours when the harasser continues
a pattern of behavior or course of conduct outside the
Are there other types of harassment?
There are two (2) types of sexual harassment: “quid
pro quo” harassment and “hostile work environment”
Quid pro quo (Latin, meaning “this
for that”) harassment occurs when
specific employment benefits (like a job, a promotion,
preferred work assignment) are promised or withheld
as a means of coercing sexual favors.
Hostile Work Environment is
caused by conduct that unreasonably interferes with
the victim’s work performance or creates an intimidating,
hostile, or offensive work environment. The atmosphere
or “environment” can be tainted by unwanted
sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other
verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, even
though the behavior may not be directly linked to the
giving or withdrawal of a tangible job benefit.
What if I know someone who is being sexually
harassed, but doesn't want anyone to know?
Report it immediately. You should report it to either
your supervisor, manager, department head or the Equal