What is Considered Sexual Harassment?


Sexual harassment in the workplace can create a tense and toxic environment for employees. It is also unlawful.

Defining Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment might seem like a narrow and straightforward category, but it actually includes a vast range of behaviors and actions. When people think of sexual harassment they tend to only think of unwanted sexual advances, unwelcome touching, and pressure for sexual favors. These are only a few examples, however.

Below is a list of other acts of sexual harassment:

  • Sexual gestures or looks
  • Phone calls, letters, texts, or other materials of a sexual nature
  • Shifting a work-related discussion into a sexual one
  • Lying about a co-worker’s sex life
  • Giving a co-worker gifts of a sexual nature
  • Asking personal questions about a co-worker’s sex life

Sexual harassment does not have to be physical or overtly sexual. If someone at work always follows you around, stares at you, or repeatedly asks you out, these are all examples of sexual harassment as well.

The Seriousness of Sexual Harassment

Although some mistakenly view sexual harassment as a minor, harmless issue, the fact is that it can have a significant impact on the victim’s life and employment.

Workplace sexual harassment often leads to serious mental and emotional issues, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks,
  • Feelings of guilt, shame, hopelessness
  • And low self-esteem.

You should not accept this kind of treatment. By taking legal action and filing a claim, you may be able to successfully obtain compensation.

If you report it to management before contacting an attorney, your employer may attempt to do some damage control on the situation to change the narrative. An experienced attorney will help you develop a strategy, which may or may not include notifying management, depending on the details of your circumstances.

Discuss the Details of Your Sexual Harassment Case with an Experienced Attorney Today!

If you are experiencing sexual harassment at work, this is likely a stressful time for you and it may even be affecting your performance. At Davis & Davis, P.C., our employment lawyers are committed to passionately advocating on behalf of every client we serve and will create tailored solutions that address your specific needs. With our team on your side, you can feel confident that you will receive the best possible outcome for your case.

Reach out to our law firm today at (978) 228-2262 to request a consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys to learn more about your rights as an employee and how we can help you.

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