Sexual harassment in the workplace happens …….. and businesses of virtually every size need to know how to spot it, respond to it, and correct it. Perhaps most importantly, employers should focus on preventing it from occurring in the first place. Sexual harassment costs money, wastes time, saps productivity, causes damage, and creates avoidable stress for business owners.
Sexual Harassment Defined
Employers first need to understand what sexual harassment is and how it manifests itself in the workplace. “Hostile work environment” sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct, that is sexual or gender-based in nature, and that is so severe or pervasive that it creates a hostile working environment. That means that the conduct -- verbal, physical, non-verbal or electronic in nature – must be offensive, uninvited and objectively inappropriate. To recover any damages, it must be so severe or so widespread that it creates intolerable
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