By definition, sexual harassment and discrimination are harassment in a workplace or other professional or social situation involving the making of unwanted advances and obscene or discriminatory remarks. This includes requests for sexual favors and verbal or physical harassment that crosses the line from acceptable to uncomfortable.
Although the law does not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that aren’t serious, harassment is illegal when it happens so often or severely that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment. This sort of behavior usually ends in serious repercussions for the offender, such as a demotion or being fired. For an organization, it can create a toxic environment where employees no longer feel safe. This can lead to an increase in employee turnover or, in some cases, lawsuits.
SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Inc. helps organizations create sound HR Policies for Sexual Harassment and Discrimination to ensure a safe, productive work environment for all. Contact us to speak with one of our HR Policies specialists for more information today!
Other blog posts regarding Sexual Harassment:
Workplace Sexual Harassment Training: A Must Have?
How to create a zero-tolerance workplace environment regarding sexual harassment