Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal
It has been defined as any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature, especially when that behavior has an effect on the employment or workplace of the person receiving or witnessing the conduct.
The EEOC defines sexual harassment as – unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, or
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting such individual, or
- 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.