Legal OverviewUnlawful harassment is a seriousmatter, so you need to be clear aboutwhat is and isn’t unlawful harassment.
Legal OverviewThe Equal Employment OpportunityCommission (EEOC) guidelines defineharassment on the basis of sex.
Legal OverviewThe EEOC guidelines state the sameprinciples apply to harassment on thebasis of race, color, religion or nationalorigin.
Legal OverviewThe same principles apply to otherprotected characteristics such as ageand disability.
Definition – Sexual HarassmentUnwelcome sexual advances, requestsfor sexual favors and other verbal orphysical conduct of a sexual naturewhen:
Definition – Sexual Harassment1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a condition of an individual’s employment.
Definition – Sexual Harassment2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting such individuals.
Definition – Sexual Harassment3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
Legal OverviewCompany policy may differ from thelaw.
Legal OverviewConduct may violate your companypolicy even though it doesn’t violatethe law.
Legal OverviewYou need to understand yourcompany policy and the law.
Legal OverviewCommenting on the fact that a personlooks nice isn’t sexual harassment.
Legal OverviewHowever, if comments are frequentand mention how your body looks,they cross the line.