Answer to What Actions Constitute Sexual
Physical acts are only one form of sexual harassment. Jokes
comments, leers and cartoons with sexual undertones may also be
considered sexual harassment.
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.
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.
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
Sexual harassment is a very personal matter. If “unwelcome,”
starring or leering could be considered sexual harassment.
These are the type of actions that may create a hostile or
offensive work environment.
Non-permitted or unwelcome acts are the essence of sexual
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.
This is the quid pro quo situation.
This is true if the subordinate believes that rejection may
result in adverse employment action.