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One of the most common problems in the United States today is sexual harassment Whether it is from a male or female sexual harassment has created many forms of controversy within both the public and personal lives of many Americans The most common place to find sexual harassment is in the workplace In most cases female employees feel uncomfortable due to sexual harassment and therefore are uncomfortable with their career The most extreme form of sexual harassment occurs when an employee loses a job benefit or other privilege of employment is fired or loses an opportunity because the employee has rejected sexual demands However a determination of sexual harassment does not depend on whether the victim was threatened with the loss of a job Law also prohibits conduct that unreasonably interferes with an individuals work performance or which creates an intimidating hostile or offensive work environment Sexual harassment is basically broken down into two main categories h Unwanted sexual advances flirtations or sexual actions directed towards and unwilling victim This may include requests for sexual favors sexually oriented jokes directed towards a co-worker or persistent sexual advances even after the victim has made it clear that this makes him or her uncomfortable and h The existence of a hostile work environment in which an employee feels uncomfortable due to unwelcome sexual actions among other co-workers even if these actions dont directly involve them This may include such acts as displaying a sexually suggestive object in plain sight of other co-workers sexual comments about others or any unwanted sexual conversations or comments Sexual harassment is abundant in todays workplace Most people dont even realize that they are committing a crime when they make a sexual gesture or joke about another even if apparently no one minds the comments Even if a nearby listener finds something offensive about the comment it could constitute sexual harassment Due to the increased counts of sexual harassment cases in the workplace
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