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SEXUAL HARASSMENT. This information is provided to protect, direct and to expose individuals to the not so evident signs of Sexual Harassment.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Spell It Out! What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual Harassment is exactly that, harassment. It can be verbally suggestive or even physical to some extent. Sexual harassment is the unwanted or unwelcomed atttention of any sexual nature. It is any offense involving sexual content.

Harassment in itself makes reference to a wider spectrum of offensive behaviors. It this term is used in the legal sense it typically refers to behavior that the victum would consider uncomfortable, intimidating, threatened or disturbing. In societies that which support free speech, only more repetitive, persistent and untruthful types of speech qualify as harassment
Sexual harassment is a legal term. Typically used in the workplace. It was designed to end harassment and discrimination against women. The term is constantly being redefined and extended in the legislation and court decisions. However, not all sexual behavior in the workplace is harassment and laws against sexual harassment do not extend to situations outside the workplace or school.

There are two legally recognize types of sexual harassment:

quid pro quo sexual harassment
hostile environment sexual harassment

Quid pro quo harassment occurs when an individual's submission or rejection of sexual advances or conduct of a sexual nature is used as the basis of their employment. An individuals submission to such conduct is made a term or condition of employment.
Quid pro quo sexual harassment also entails sexual harassment when employees who are not themselves harassed lose potential job benefits to other less qualified employees who submit to harassment.

Hostile environment sexual harassment occurs when unwelcomed sexual conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual's job performance or creates a hostile, intimidating or offensive work environment. As a result, the person may or may not lose pay or promotion. they must be subject to an atmosphere where such harassment is pervasive. If preferential treatment is given to the employees who grant sexual favors, the motivation and work performance of other employees may negatively affected.

What a Feeling...

Sexual harassment is not something new in the workplace. Women have been dealing with it and not speaking on the subject for centuries, even prior to the title given to this harassment. Women around the world are beginning to tell their stories and expose the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in their societies.

A 1992 International Labor Organization survey of 23 countries revealed what women already know: that sexual harassment is a major problem all over the world. The level of tolerance varies from culture to culture. Whereas one culture may have no legislation against sexual harassment and absolutely no type of recourse for women, other cultures have no tolerance policies set in place to protect women from these behaviors.

Remarkably, even today there are so many women who do not admit to being sexually harassed. Whether they don't realize the existence and feel that its normal and okay, or they do make mention of because of the adverse affects or consequences that may be associated with coming forth.

A Foot To Stand On...

The basic definition of sexual harassment comes from the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC states:

Unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonalbly interfers with an individual's work performance or creates an intimidating or offensive work environment.

Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to:

  • The victum as well as the harasser may be a women or man.
  • The harasser can be the victim's supervisor or a co-worker
  • the victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct

This organization as well as others provide through support with regard to sexual harassment. More and more organizations such as the EEOC are emerging in support of victims rights.


These are the sources used in this research.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), reviews the entire case, the circumstances and the context of the alleged incident are presented. The Information is obtained is collected and investigated. Individuals may be questions as to their involvement. The facts presented are on a case by case bases determination on the allegations. Accessed from:

This page was created to provide information with regard to sexual harassment. The goal is to provide a selection of documents and resources that allows readers to explore the concepts associated with sexual harassment from a variety of perspectives.

This website was created to provide information with regard to sexual harassment The goal is to provide a selection of documents and resources that allows readers to explore the concepts associated with sexual harassment from a variety of perspectives.