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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.


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