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Answer to What Actions Constitute Sexual Harassment?

 Yes!  Physical acts are only one form of sexual harassment.  Jokes comments, leers and cartoons with sexual undertones may also be considered sexual harassment.

Yes!  The U.S. Supreme Court has said that acts that create a hostile or offensive work environment may constitute sexual harassment.  A cartoon with sexual undertones may be considered sexual harassment if it creates a hostile or offensive environment. 

No!  Under most circumstances this will not be considered sexual harassment.  It might, however, be considered discrimination on the basis of sex depending on the circumstances.

Yes!  Actions by clients, customers or other non-employees may constitute sexual harassment.  The employer who knows of the actions and takes no steps to stop them may be found legally liable.

Yes!  Sexual harassment is a very personal matter.  If “unwelcome,” starring or leering could be considered sexual harassment.

Yes!  These are the type of actions that may create a hostile or offensive work environment.

Yes!  Non-permitted or unwelcome acts are the essence of sexual harassment.

Yes!  Acts of sexual harassment affect not only the direct participants, but others who may be denied employment opportunities or who work in the same area.

Yes!  This is the quid pro quo situation.

Yes!  This is true if the subordinate believes that rejection may result in adverse employment action.

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