Maine state law defines sexual harassment as:
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:
* Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education;
* Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting such individuals; or
* Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic work or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, education, or living environment.
The determination of sexual harassment will vary with particular circumstances, but it may be described generally as unwanted sexual behavior, such as physical contact or verbal comments or suggestions, which adversely affects the working, learning, or social environment of an individual. Sexual harassment affects both men and women, and can take many forms. Some of these are overt and unambiguous, while others may be more subtle and indirect.