The Basics of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a considered a form of discrimination that directly violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While many may think that sexual crimes only happen between a man and a woman, the reality is far from being so simple. Not only can victims be of any gender, age, race, or sexual orientation, but so can offenders.

Sexual harassment encompasses a wide array of unwanted and unwelcome actions and behaviors that are sexual in nature, ranging from relatively mild to severe and violent. Examples of sexual harassment include:

  • Blatant requests for sexual favors
  • Quid pro Quo Requests (asking for sexual favors in exchange for benefits)
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Repeated requests to go on a date or other personal outing
  • Being the subject of a lewd joke
  • Overhearing a sexually offensive comment
  • Unwanted and inappropriate touching
  • Offensive letters, emails, memos, pictures, or text messages
  • Violent physical attacks, including rape

Those who are subjected to unwanted sexual behaviors are not alone. Although it may be frightening to oppose the harasser, it is important for victims to know that help is available for them to stop the discrimination once and for all and ensure the workplace is rid of hostility.

If you or someone you know has been hurt by a sexual offender, seek the help of a leading sexual harassment attorney immediately to ensure the harassment ceases and that the offender never harms another victim again.