If you are feeling uncomfortable at work because of unwanted advances from a co-worker, you might think that the behavior is simply too subtle to be classed as sexual harassment. However, sexual harassment can come in many different forms and in varying degrees of severity. Therefore, it may be possible for you to still file a sexual harassment claim.
It is important that you take the time to understand how sexual harassment is defined under the law and that you apply the law to your own situation. By taking action. you will be standing up for your own rights and protecting yourself from any retaliation that may arise. The following are some types of sexual harassment that you may not recognize as such.
Sexually explicit drawings or materials
You have the right to a working environment free of inappropriate sexual innuendos. This means that if a co-worker is acting inappropriately and sending explicit material, drawing sexually explicit sketches or sending pornographic images, this could constitute sexual harassment.
Use of power to manipulate situations
Unfortunately, a common form of sexual harassment in the workplace is a situation in which a boss or supervisor uses their authority and power to ask for sexual favors. They may make offers of a promotion in return for a sexual act or threaten a worker with being fired if they do not comply. This is a very serious form of sexual harassment.
If you are feeling uncomfortable at work because of the sexual behavior of a coworker, it is important that you take action so that your career does not suffer.