Sexual harassment was first introduced in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sexual harassment laws were implemented to protect employees from unwanted sexual advances in a work environment. Sexual harassment is divided into 2 basic categories. A hostile environment and a tangible employment action. A hostile work environment is described as harassment from anyone who the employee interacts with during the work day, co workers, supervisors, customers etc. A tangible employment issue is harassment received from someone who makes or influences relevant employment decisions. Hence, your job is at risk of you do not comply with the advances.
Some behaviors that can be referred to as sexual harassment include:
- Indecent gestures
- Inappropriate jokes
- Unwanted touching
- Talking about sexual activities
- Trading job promotions for sexual activity