Sexual Harassment in the Workplace


Employees can experience harassment because of their traits, such as religion, ethnicity, race, and color. Co-workers, employers, and other people in the workplace may make offensive remarks about Islam, call others the N-word, or make gestures that can be offensive for disabled employees. This creates a workplace that is not just unsafe, but also unproductive.

Arguably the most controversial form of harassment is sexual. This happens when a person uses tactics of the sexual nature toward another, creating issues of safety, violence, intimidation, or productivity in the workplace.

According to the website of the John Melton Law Firm, those who have been victims of sexual harassment in the workplace may have legal options, such as pursuing compensation and justice. It is good to know that the law is not very tolerable when it comes to sexual harassers. But what do these harassers exactly do to make others feel sexually attacked? Some of the most common manifestations of sexual harassment are the following:

  • Asking personal questions of the sexual kind, such as sexual history and preference
  • Commenting offensively about another person’s sexual identity
  • Commenting sexually about another person’s clothing or body
  • Communicating with sexual intentions and suggestions
  • Displaying or sharing of sexual materials, like pictures and videos
  • Excessive pinching, rubbing, tapping, and other forms of touching
  • Whistling and other gestures with sexual or offensive intentions

Any action that has a sexual nature to it, causing some form of inconvenience in the workplace, can be considered sexual harassment. This can have negative effects in the workplace, not just to the harassed employee, but also to everybody else, as the workplace sustains a sexually hostile vibe.

The harassed may have a variety of responses to sexual harassment. The victim may be angry or depressed, but whatever the response may be, it will lead to job dissatisfaction. The person’s productivity may be affected, as he or she focuses on avoiding the sexual harasser. It may even come to the point that the victim may skip work.

Managers, supervisors, and others in the workplace may have a negative reputation to the victim as well, because they are giving the impression that they are incapable of making and enforcing anti-sexual discrimination measures in the work space.