True or False:
Could The Action Constitute Sexual Harassment?
It is not easy to define sexual harassment and what constitutes
an act of sexual harassment. In fact the issue of harassing
behavior is often very personal: what offends one person may not
offend another. It is therefore important for managers to
understand what actions constitute sexual harassment. In
response to the question, “Could the action constitute sexual
harassment?” select either yes(Y) or no(N) for each item below.
employee files a complaint of sexual harassment but no physical
act was involved.
receive a complaint about a suggestive or sexist cartoon hanging
over an employee’s desk.
employee complains about the fact that a fellow employee is
ignoring him or her.
Questionable or harassing behavior of a sexual nature by someone who is not
employed by your organization.
act of one employee merely staring at another employee.
Fellow employees engaged in the telling of dirty jokes or jokes
with sexual innuendoes.
Uninvited touching of one employee by another.
employee who was involved in an office romance receives a
failed to promote an employee because he/she will not date you.
invited a subordinate to go out on a date even though he/she has
refused to go out with you in the past.
Sexual harassment In the Workplace: A Guide To Prevention,
Juliana Lightle, Ph.D. and Elizabeth H. Doucet, Esq. Crisp
Publications, Inc. Menlo Park, California