20 Examples of Sexual Harassment

All harassment, including sexual harassment, is a form of employee misconduct which undermines the integrity of working relationships.  Victims of harassment feel embarrassed, demeaned, intimidated and violated, leading to increased absenteeism, lost productivity, safety problems, turnover, and legal headaches.  Many people would appreciate a quick snapshot of a few problematic behaviors.

Sexual Harassment Top 20

  1. Sexual innuendos or stories.
  2. Sexual comments
  3. Unwanted pressure for sexual favorssexual harassment
  4. Unwanted deliberate touching, leaning over, cornering. or pinching
  5. Unwanted sexual looks or gestures
  6. Actual or attempted rape or sexual assault
  7. Unwanted letters, telephone calls, or materials of a sexual nature.
  8. Employees speculating about and betting on a co-worker’s sex life.
  9. Using software programs at work that are sexual in nature.
  10. Using email to communicate remarks about someone’s physical attributes
  11. Referring to an adult woman as a girl, honey, babe, hunk, or doll
  12. Unwanted pressure for dates.
  13. Whistling at someone
  14. Cat Calls
  15. Neck or shoulder massage, giving personal gifts
  16. Turning work discussions to sexual topics.
  17. Making sexual gestures.
  18. Personal questions about social or sexual life
  19. Kissing sounds, howling and smacking lips
  20. Telling lies or spreading rumors about a person’s personal sex life

Hopefully, this list has been helpful.  But it is not all-inclusive.  Think about your behavior and its effects on others.  It will be a better workplace for everyone.