Categories of Behavior

These examples help clarify what constitutes appropriate, inappropriate and illegal behaviors in the context of sexual harassment prevention, promoting a safer and more respectful work environment.

Appropriate Behaviors:

  • Respectful Communication: Communicating in a respectful and professional manner with colleagues, avoiding offensive or inappropriate comments.
  • Consent: Always seeking and obtaining clear and voluntary consent in any personal or social interactions, and respecting boundaries.
  • Non-Discrimination: Treating all colleagues equally and without discrimination based on their sex, gender, or other protected characteristics.
  • Reporting Incidents: Encouraging and supporting the reporting of any inappropriate or potentially harassing behaviors to the appropriate channels within the organization.
  • Participating in Training: Actively participating in sexual harassment prevention training to gain awareness and knowledge about appropriate workplace behaviors.

Inappropriate Behaviors:

  • Insensitive Comments: Making inappropriate comments or jokes of a sexual nature, even if not explicitly directed at someone, which can create discomfort for others.
  • Unwanted Flirting: Engaging in flirtatious behavior that may not be explicitly sexual but makes colleagues feel uncomfortable.
  • Leering or Staring: Continuously staring at someone in a suggestive or uncomfortable manner.
  • Offensive Language: Using offensive or derogatory language related to a person’s gender, appearance, or other protected characteristics.
  • Invasion of Personal Space: Invading someone’s personal space in a way that makes them uncomfortable, such as unwelcome touching or close physical proximity.

Illegal Behaviors:

  • Quid Pro Quo Harassment: A supervisor demanding sexual favors in exchange for job benefits, such as promotions or raises.
  • Persistent Unwanted Advances: Repeatedly making unwelcome sexual advances despite clear rejection or discomfort expressed by the other person.
  • Creation of Hostile Environment: Engaging in verbal or physical conduct that creates a hostile or intimidating workplace environment based on sex or other protected characteristics.
  • Explicit or Graphic Content: Sharing explicit, sexually explicit, or offensive materials, such as explicit jokes, images, or videos.
  • Retaliation: Taking adverse actions against individuals who report harassment or participate in investigations, which is illegal under anti-retaliation laws.

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