When an employee is subjected to unwanted S.e.x.u.a.l advances or comments by a co-worker or an employer, we say that the employee is experiencing S.e.x.u.a.l Harassment. In some workplaces, S.e.x.u.a.l Harassment is a serious problem. In its most blatant form, a boss may demand S.e.x.u.a.l favours from an employee and threaten to fire the employee if she fails to comply. Similarly, the employer might promise a promotion or raise in exchange for some S.e.x.u.a.l favor. Whenever an employer uses the prospect of reward or punishment as a way of obtaining S.e.x.u.a.l access to an employee, S.e.x.u.a.l Harassment has occurred.
This is not the only form of S.e.x.u.a.l Harassment. Sometimes, an employee may be subjected to demeaning comments by her employer or co-worker. For example, a boss might make vul.ga.r comments about the physical appearance of the employee. Another example is that a co-worker might make remarks that speculate about the S.e.x.u.a.l behaviour of the employee. In both of these cases, the employee is treated disrespectfully on the basis of her S.e.x, so both cases would represent S.e.x.u.a.l harassment.
Some forms of S.e.x.u.a.l Harassment are more subtle. If a group of workers exchanges offensive jokes of a S.e.x.u.a.l nature, in such a way that they can be easily overheard by other workers, then this is also a form of S.e.x.u.a.l Harassment. Similarly, if workers post po.rno.graphic pictures in their workplace, in such a way that they can be seen by other workers, then this also represents S.e.x.u.a.l Harassment. In both cases, the workplace becomes an environment in which the employee is made to feel uncomfortable because of her S.e.x.
S.e.x.u.a.l Harassment usually involves a female employee who is being bothered by a male employer or co-worker. In some cases, a woman might S.e.x.u.a.lly harass a man, or one person might S.e.x.u.a.lly harass another person of the same S.e.x. However, these cases are not as common. Also, in some cases, the person who commits S.e.x.u.a.l Harassment is not a boss or co-worker, but a customer or a visitor to the workplace.
S.e.x.u.a.l Harassment is a form of intimidation and abuse of power that causes much stress for many employees. In recent years, many steps have been taken to reduce the occurrence of S.e.x.u.a.l Harassment. Educational campaigns have been designed to teach people that S.e.x.u.a.l Harassment is wrong. Stronger penalties for S.e.x.u.a.l Harassment have been introduced. intimidation
Another way to reduce the prevalence of S.e.x.u.a.l Harassment is to develop a culture of respect in the workplace. People need to be aware of how their jokes or comments might be perceived by others, and to imagine how they would feel if one of their relatives were subjected to S.e.x.u.a.l Harassment. Employers and employees must recognize that S.e.x.u.a.l harassment is a serious concern and treat potential cases of S.e.x.u.a.l Harassment very seriously. Each company should have clear policies about S.e.x.u.a.l Harassment, and each should establish a fair and efficient process for dealing with complaints of this kind. In this way, the workplace can be a comfortable environment for all persons.