How to Create an Effective Sexual Harassment Policy

It’s important to protect your employees and vendors from sexual harassment. This post is intended to offer some possible workplace policies that could help prevent harassment from occurring in the first place.

Defining Sexual Harassment

Sex discrimination harassment is defined as unlawful harassment of any person, applicant or employee based on the person’s gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. Harassment can include sexual harassment or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or any other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. It can also include sex-based harassment, which consists of offensive remarks made about a person’s gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The law does not prohibit things like simple teasing, offhand comments or isolated incidents. However, if the harassment becomes so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment, the behavior becomes illegal. The law also prohibits harassment that results in unfair employment decisions, such as the victim being fired or demoted.

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