By definition, sexual harassment and discrimination are harassment in a workplace, or other professional or social situation, that involves the making of unwanted advances, and obscene or discriminatory remarks. This includes requests for sexual favors and other 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 is happening 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!