Sexual harassment is a form of sexual discrimination that occurs in the workplace. Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations defines “sexual harassment” as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual, or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.” (29 CFR § 1604.11 )
There are two common types of sexual harassment in the workplace. The first type, quid pro quo harassment, is a situation that may either be just a one-time occurrence or may involve repeated conduct that requires an individual to tolerate some form of sexual harassment in order to obtain or maintain employment, get a raise or promotion, or to receive some other benefit. The harasser may be a prospective employer, a current employer, a manager or supervisor, or even a co-worker.
The second type of sexual harassment in the workplace is the hostile work environment. These situations involve repeated behavior or conduct that is abusive or offensive, or that interferes or alters the victims’ ability to perform their job.
Regardless of the type of sexual harassment, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and many state laws that prohibit sexual harassment provide victims with protection and a means of obtaining justice from their harasser. In addition, employers who foster or condone sexual harassment in the workplace may be held liable for the offensive conduct of the harasser employee.
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