What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is a form of illegal discrimination that comprises unwelcome sexual conduct affecting the terms and conditions of a person’s employment or that creates a hostile work environment. Examples of such conduct include: obscene communications such as emails or texts; the display or distribution of pornographic or otherwise offensive materials; unwanted or uninvited touching; sexual propositions with implied or explicit threats to your job security; and lewd comments or gestures. For sexual harassment to exist, the offending conduct must be sexual in nature or be based on hostility because of gender. The conduct also must be unwelcome, severe or pervasive, and affect the victim’s pay, benefits, work conditions or work environment.