Sexual harassment includes conduct such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and physical harassment that is sexual in nature. Both male and female employees are protected from sexual harassment, regardless of whether the harasser is the same or opposite sex (e.g. a man can be sexually harassed by another man). Sexual harassment is actionable if it is severe or pervasive or occurs so frequently that the workplace becomes offensive or hostile. The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer. In the world of sexual harassment law, it is important to be aware of a few things: you must tell or otherwise let it be known to the harasser that the conduct is unwelcome; you should find out what your employer’s policy is with respect to reporting sexual harassment and you should follow the policy if practicable; and you should seek legal advice as soon as possible.

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