Examples of Sexual Harassment


  • Actual or attempted rape or sexual assault.
  • Unwanted pressure for sexual favors.
  • Unwanted deliberate touching, leaning over, cornering, or pinching.
  • Unwanted sexual looks or gestures.
  • Unwanted letters, telephone calls, or materials of a sexual nature.
  • Unwanted pressure for dates.
  • Unwanted sexual teasing, jokes, remarks, or questions.
  • Referring to an adult as a girl, hunk, doll, babe, or honey.
  • Whistling at someone.
  • Cat calls.
  • Sexual comments.
  • Turning work discussions to sexual topics.
  • Sexual innuendos or stories.
  • Asking about sexual fantasies, preferences, or history.
  • Personal questions about social or sexual life.
  • Sexual comments about a person's clothing, anatomy, or looks.
  • Kissing sounds, howling, and smacking lips.
  • Telling lies or spreading rumors about a person's personal sex life.
  • Neck massage.
  • Touching an employee's clothing, hair, or body.
  • Giving personal gifts.
  • Hanging around a person.
  • Hugging, kissing, patting, or stroking.
  • Touching or rubbing oneself sexually around another person.
  • Standing close or brushing up against a person.
  • Looking a person up and down (elevator eyes).
  • Staring at someone.
  • Sexually suggestive signals.
  • Facial expressions, winking, throwing kisses, or licking lips.
  • Making sexual gestures with hands or through body movements.



Examples


VERBAL
  • Referring to an adult as a girl, hunk, doll, babe, or honey
  • Whistling at someone, cat calls
  • Making sexual comments about a person's body
  • Making sexual comments or innuendos
  • Turning work discussions to sexual topics
  • Telling sexual jokes or stories
  • Asking about sexual fantasies, preferences, or history
  • Asking personal questions about social or sexual life
  • Making kissing sounds, howling, and smacking lips
  • Making sexual comments about a person's clothing, anatomy, or looks
  • Repeatedly asking out a person who is not interested
  • Telling lies or spreading rumors about a person's personal sex life
NON-VERBAL
  • Looking a person up and down (Elevator eyes)
  • Staring at someone
  • Blocking a person's path
  • Following the person
  • Giving personal gifts
  • Displaying sexually suggestive visuals
  • Making sexual gestures with hands or through body movements
  • Making facial expressions such as winking, throwing kisses, or licking lips
PHYSICAL
  • Giving a massage around the neck or shoulders
  • Touching the person's clothing, hair, or body
  • Hugging, kissing, patting, or stroking
  • Touching or rubbing oneself sexually around another person
  • Standing close or brushing up against another person
When an employee complains to a supervisor, another employee, or the Human Resources office, about sexual harassment, an immediate investigation of the charge should occur. Supervisors should immediately involve Human Resources staff. Employees need to understand that they have an obligation to report sexual harassment concerns to their supervisor or the Human Resources office.