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Sexual harassment and workplace boundaries

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2021 | Sexual Harassment At Work

There are many different types of harassment that Florida residents report. One type of harassment that is particularly discriminating in the workplace is sexual harassment. While many people believe that they understand what sexual harassment is, many find it difficult to actually describe where the line is between being okay and not okay.

Seeking romance

One of the biggest problems with sexual harassment cases is that there’s always a question of whether or not one’s advance is crossing the line. For example, a person may make a romantic advance towards another person in their workplace. In many cases, this first romantic advance is not considered harassment. However, when more than one advance is directed at the same individual who has made it clear that they are not interested, it’s classified as sexual harassment.

A look at name-calling

While name-calling can be considered a type of childish behavior that may not initially have a link to sexual harassment claims, it does in some cases. When the name-calling is sexually demeaning, the person being harassed has a basis for a sexual harassment complaint. When this behavior is constantly repeated in the workplace, it can create a solid case for harassment.

Crude jokes and explicit pictures

Two other areas that can be a basis for sexual harassment include crude jokes and explicit pictures. Any joke that is sexual or crude in nature can make employees feel uncomfortable and harassed. Showing employees sexually explicit pictures, drawings or any other sort of visual representation can also be classified as harassment.

Sexual harassment in the workplace is something that no one should have to deal with. Regardless of gender, unwanted romantic advances, name-calling, crude jokes and explicit pictures all create a basis for a sexual harassment claim. If you’ve been sexually harassed in the workplace, it’s a good idea to contact a lawyer to assist you with your case.