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Many people today ask if sexual harassment is a pervasive problem in America Sexual Harassment is a form of sex discrimination under New York State human rights law Title VII of the federal civil rights act in 1964 Sexual Harassment can take many forms including request for sexual favors unwelcome sexual advances or other unwelcome verbal physical or visual conduct of a sexual nature made either explicity or implicity This illegal conduct may occur in housing or public accomomadation training programs hotels restaurants most often it occurs in the workplace the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which was created by the act issued rules in the 1980s stating that an employer must provide a workplace free from sexual harassment or intimidation Employees who have been subjected to sexual harassment can file suit in civil courts against employers There are steps they need to follow before they can file a complaint First you need to see if there are signs of sexual harassment There are two categories called Something for Something or Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Environment Quid Pro Quo occurs when employment decisions hiring decisions promotions salary increases changes in work assignments performance expectations are based on a employees denial or willingness to grant sexual favors Such conduct may include demanding sexual favors in exchange for a promotion or raise discipling or firing a employee who ends a romantic relationship Request for sexual favors date and threatning they could lose their job performance evaluation or promotion if they say No Hostile Environment occurs when unwelcome sexual advances jokes suggestive remarks or comments physical touching or display of objectionable materials in the workplace The actions rise to the level of creating an offensive or hostile environment Constant brushing against a persons body changingperformance expectations or treating an employee differently after a subordinate refuses repeated request for a date repeatedly asking a co-worker out for a date unecessary touching or patting There are many things
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