Sexual harassment is unique relative to other harassment in several respects. Traditionally, sexual harassment claims have been based on the premise that individuals with power over an employee's employment required sexual favors in return for job rewards. However, the legal definition of sexual harassment is much broader. For example, sexual harassment may exist where an employer tolerates an atmosphere allowing unwelcome flirtations or sexual advances even if this conduct was initially welcomed by the employee, or even initiated by the employee. Liability may exist for conduct between the employer and an employee, or between employees. To promote a work environment free of harassment and to avoid the risk to the reputation and resources of the College, all Employees and members of management should refrain from any workplace behavior or conduct which could be viewed as sexual harassment, including but not limited to:
- Unwelcome flirtations or sexual advances or propositions even if this conduct was initially welcomed by the employee, or even if initiated by the employee;
- Use of vulgar or obscene language or jokes, or otherwise making graphic, degrading, disparaging, or demeaning comments or remarks about an individual or his or her appearance;
- The display or possession of sexually suggestive objects or pictures.