Guide To Sexual Harassment – Rules, Patterns, Legalese

The “hostile environment” standard is the more vague of the two. The EEOC notes, however, that there must be a pattern. Isolated incidents usually cannot constitute sexual harassment. (RELATED: Cain confirms ‘false accusations’ of sexual harassment)

“Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted),” the EEOC explains.

Center for Equal Opportunity president Roger Clegg explained that asking someone out on a date once and being turned down would not be considered sexual harassment. But continued, unwanted sexual behavior could lead to a hostile work environment.

“Asking somebody out for a date and the person says ‘no’ and that is the end of it would not be sexual harassment. On the other hand if you are repeatedly making lewd remarks and physical contact that is a violation of the law,” he told TheDC, noting, “There is a subjective element in it and it depends on the extent to which the person is on notice: If the action doesn’t seem to be that unreasonable to the perpetrator, but he is told repeatedly to stop doing it, that would be a problem. But there needs to be a pattern.”

via Guide To Sexual Harassment | Rules, Patterns, Legalese | The Daily Caller.

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