Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that involves unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature or conduct directed at a person because of his or her sex/gender when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance, i.e. it is sufficiently serious, pervasive, or persistent as to create an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, demeaning, or sexually offensive working, academic, residential, or social environment under both an objective (a reasonable person’s view) and subjective (the complainant’s view) standard.
The following are some examples of conduct, particularly when unwelcome, which may constitute sexual harassment:
- sexual epithets or jokes; written or verbal references to sexual conduct; gossip regarding one’s sex life; comment on an individual’s body; comment about an individual’s sexual activity, experiences, deficiencies, or prowess;
- displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons, etc.;
- unwelcome leering, whistling, brushing against the body, sexual gestures, suggestive or insulting comments, threats, or innuendos of a sexual nature; …
- gender harassment, including sexist statements and behavior that convey insulting, degrading, or sexist attitudes;
- sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes regardless of the means of communication (verbal, written, email, text messages, etc.);
- the display of inappropriate sexually oriented materials in a location where others can view them ….