What is Sexual Harassment?

Chapter and Verse

  • “Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.”  Facts About Sexual Harassment via the US EEOC.

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Talk, Talk

  • If you’re being harassed at work, or witnessing harassment:  take notes. “Be sure to save any offensive letters, photographs, cards, or notes you receive.  If you were made to feel uncomfortable because of jokes, pin-ups, or cartoons posted at work, confiscate them — or at least make copies.”  Fighting Sexual Harassment at Nolo is solid, yet it’s content marketing.  I’d never recommend that one of my mentees find an attorney online; ask the experienced people in your network for a referral.
  • If a friend tells you that they’re being harassed, you can help them by listening.  You don’t have to know what to do:  bearing witness is huge.  Helping a friend to organize documentation, priceless.

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Actions Speak Loudest

  • Sexual harassment is bad for business.  The Cost of Sexual Harassment, a brief blog post by researchers Heather McLaughlin, Christopher Uggen, and Amy Blackstone.
  • If you’re a leader, be a resource for your team members and colleagues.  “If your dream only includes you, it’s too small.”  Ava DuVernay

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from the October 15/16, 2017 edition of How to Have a Job

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