Generally, there are two established, legally prohibited types of sexual harassment:
Quid pro quo: Compliance or noncompliance with a sexual demand is used as the basis of an employment decision.
Hostile work environment: An employee is subject to unwelcome verbal or physical sexual behavior, including requests for sexual favors and other conduct of a sexual nature that is either so severe or pervasive that it adversely affects her or his ability to do work.
Sexual harassment includes offensive or pervasive conductin the workplacerelated to a person’s sex that negatively affects a reasonable person’s employment. Unfortunately, sexual harassment is common in workplaces throughout the United States.
Sexual harassment includes verbal, nonverbal, and physical behavior.
Unwanted and unwelcome lewd jokes, gender-based slurs, and sexual contact all represent examples of sexual harassment.
Behavior that creates a sexually hostile learning or working environmentis also sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment can occur between people of the same sex.