A new employee is receiving training on the company computer system from her manager. He’s sitting close to her, but is it too close? There were a few unnecessary touches on the arm and leg, but what’s a new employee to do? And then throw in sexually-charged text messages, dirty jokes, cornering an employee in a locked room… These can all be common examples of workplace harassment.
Both federal and state law ban several types of illegal discrimination in the workplace, as well as sexual harassment. Sexual harassment occurs when an employee makes unwelcome sexual advances towards another employee.
What is Sexual Harassment?
The line between sexual harassment and innocent conduct is not always clear. In this article, we will focus on physical harassment and sexual advances, but speak with an experienced employment lawyer if you have concerns about such behavior in your place of work.
The Ninth Circuit has given several examples of the kinds of conduct touching that would constitute unlawful sexual harassment, including:Details