Sexual harassment is any unwelcome behaviour that is sexual in nature which makes another person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated.
It does not need to be repeated or on-going for it to be unlawful.
Both men and women can be affected by sexual harassment.
Examples of sexual harassment
Examples of sexual harassment can include:
- any unwelcome touching, no matter how minor
- comments, insults or taunts that are sexual in nature
- staring or leering
- sexually suggestive jokes or comments
- intrusive questions about your private life
- displaying posters of a sexual nature
- sending sexually explicit emails or text messages or inappropriate advances on social media
- repeated unwanted requests to go out on dates or requests for sex
Where can sexual harassment happen?
Workplace sexual harassment can happen in the work environment, including an office, or a factory or a work site, but it can also happen anywhere else that is work-related, including hotels, restaurants, bars, taxis, or function centres.
It can also happen on social media, or via text messages.
Sexual harassment is common during work functions including Christmas parties and away trips for work.
What should you do if you have experienced sexual harassment?
If you believe that you have been subjected to sexual harassment, please contact our specialist team today.
We understand what you are going though, and can take immediate steps to have the behaviour stopped, and we can also take formal legal action to secure you compensation for any shock or distress you may have suffered.
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