Three Types of Workplace Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a widespread issue in today’s workplace, where people of all genders end up susceptible to enduring these sorts of unsafe working conditions. Many victims of sexual harassment feel that they cannot come forward for fear of losing their job or upsetting the workplace balance, but no one should have to endure harassment anywhere, especially in their place of work, and there are laws in place to protect you and your job from these types of harassment. Below is a nonexhaustive list of some common types of workplace sexual harassment.

  1. Physical Harassment. Physical sexual harassment is still a huge issue in today’s modern workplace. Harassment of this kind may be unsolicited butt grabbing or slapping; shoulder rubs; hands on your knees, thighs, and back; or really any sort of touching outside of professional handshakes. Because of power structures in the workplace, such as fear of losing one’s job and a host of other reasons, many people view the inappropriate touching as something they must accept. Remember that no one, not even your boss, has the right to touch you without your consent.
  2. Verbal Harassment. Verbal harassment is another prevalent workplace issue that often goes unreported, especially because many people still see it as acceptable. Verbal harassment may include sexual jokes, name calling, propositions, or even discussing personal sexual exploits. Sexism, lewdness, and inappropriate conversations have no place in the workplace, and you should not be forced to listen to, be the subject of, or endure such harassing remarks.
  3. Coercion, threats, and bribery. Other forms of harassment include coercion and threats, which may be used to force employees into sexual situations or complete sexual favors. For example, an employer may threaten an employee’s job if they do not perform certain sexual acts. Bribery, too, may be used to elicit sexual behavior such as offering a promotion or work on a special project in exchange for certain favors. You do not have to complete these requests, even if your job is threatened, and should report these behaviors to human resources.

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If you or a loved one has been the victim of workplace sexual harassment, you can fight back and may even be entitled to compensation for the trouble you’ve endured. Sexual harassment is unacceptable and all of those guilty of it should be held accountable for their actions and prevented from repeating this behavior with you and other employees. If you have any questions or would like to speak to a New York City sexual harassment attorney, please contact Cary Kane at212.868.6300 today.


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