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What Is Sexual Harassment?

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Question: What Is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment most often affects women, but men are also protected under civil rights law from being sexually harassed at work.
Answer: According to prominent Philadelphia, PA civil rights attorney Leonard Keith Hill, there are many forms of harassment, but in the workplace the most common type of harassment is sexual harassment. Although usually sexual in nature, it does not have to be.

Under civil rights law there are many types of actions in the workplace that can constitute sexual harassment including:

  • Making lewd comments;
  • Unwelcome sexual advances (physically or verbal suggestions);
  • Abusive behavior;
  • Requests for sexual relations or favors;
  • Unwelcome touching;
  • Sharing sexually explicit or suggestive material;
  • Chauvinism; and
  • Gender bias.

Sexual harassment most often affects women, but men are also protected under civil rights law from being sexually harassed at work.

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