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Sexual harassment is a form of gender/sex discrimination. It may include conduct such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal or physical harassment that is sexual in nature or because of your gender.
Both men and women are protected from sexual harassment, and the conduct does not have to be motivated by sexual desires in order to qualify. Employees may even suffer sexual harassment from members of their own sex.
Sexual harassment is illegal if the conduct is unwelcome, severe or pervasive. Illegal harassment may occur when satisfaction of a sexual demand is used as the basis for an employment decision or it may occur when the harassment is so severe and frequent that it creates a hostile work environment.
Employees who believe they are suffering from sexual harassment should first tell the harasser to stop, and then report the harassment to their employer.
with companies’ policies and procedures for addressing sexual harassment. Employees who simply tolerate offensive acts in the workplace without reporting the incidents may find they do not have an actionable sexual harassment claim.
Unfortunately, recent studies indicate that sexual harassment is on the rise in the workplace. EEOC statistics indicate that sexual harassment charges increased by more than 15% between 2006 and 2008. The number of males bringing charges of sexual harassment increased to approximately 16% in 2007 and 2008. Employees should not be subject to sexual harassment. Nichols Kaster continues to be on the forefront of the effort to remedy past discrimination and prevent further inequities in the treatment of employees of both sexes. For more information about these issues, see the following websites: