Sexual harassment is any behaviour/ gesture/ language that is persistent, unwelcome and is of a sexual nature. This includes requests for a sexual relationship, contact or favours together with an indirect or explicit promise of preferential treatment, or the threat of detrimental treatment if the request is declined.
Sexual harassment can have long-term effects on the well being of an individual.
Examples of sexual harassment:
Sexually offensive verbal comments
Uninvited touching, kissing or hugging
Indirect, rude sexual remarks
Repeated comments or teasing about someone’s alleged sexual activities
Persistent unwelcome social invitations, letters, emails or phone calls from workmates at work or home
Hints or promises of preferential treatment in exchange for sex, or threats of deferential treatment if sex is not offered
Offensive body gestures
Displaying pornography at work
Any person who sexually harasses an individual may be subject to legal action. It is unlawful in any work related context, including conferences, work functions, office Christmas parties and business trips. It is also unlawful in personal, non work-related contexts.