Employee Issue:

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment occurs when unwelcome verbal or physical conduct creates a hostile work environment or changes an employee’s status on benefits in a case of harassment by a supervisor. A hostile work environment occurs when comments or conduct interferes with an employee’s work performance or creates an intimidating or offensive work environment. The victim can be anyone affected by the conduct, not just to whom it is directed. Examples of actions that can create a hostile work environment include:

  • Leering or staring in a sexually suggestive way
  • Making offensive remarks about looks, clothing or body parts
  • Touching in a manner that makes an employee feel uncomfortable, such as patting, intentionally brushing or pinching
  • Telling sexual jokes, making sexual gestures or hanging sexual posters
  • Sending, forwarding or soliciting sexually suggestive e-mails, notes or images