In Massachusetts, the legal definition of sexual harassment is as follows: “sexual harassment” means sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual natures when: … such advances, requests or conduct have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or sexually offensive work or educational environment.
While it is not possible to list all circumstances that constitute sexual harassment, the following are some examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment depending upon the totality of the circumstances, including the severity of the conduct and its pervasiveness: …
- Dissemination of sexually explicit voicemail, email, graphics, downloaded material or web sites;
- Unwelcome sexual epithets, sexual jokes, written or oral references to sexual conduct, gossip regarding one’s sex life;
- Unwelcome comment about an individual’s sexual activity;
- Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures or cartoons ….