Sexual Harassment In Silicon Valley.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a form of discrimination and includes any uninvited comments, conduct, or behaviour regarding sex, gender, or sexual orientation. Whether the offence is made by a manager, co-worker, or even a non-employee like a client, contractor, or vendor. If the conduct creates a hostile work environment or interrupts an employee’s success, it is considered unlawful sexual harassment. It isn’t limited to making inappropriate advances. In fact, sexual harassment includes any unwelcome verbal or physical behaviour that creates a hostile work environment. Here are some examples of sexual harassment in the workplace:
- Sending suggestive letters, notes, or e-mails
- Sharing sexually inappropriate images or videos, such as pornography, with co-workers
- Displaying inappropriate sexual images or posters in the workplace
- Telling lewd jokes, or sharing sexual anecdotes
- Making inappropriate sexual gestures
- Starring in a sexually suggestive or offensive manner, or whistling
- Making sexual comments about appearance, clothing, or body parts
- Inappropriate touching, including pinching, patting, rubbing, or purposefully brushing up against another person
- Asking sexual questions, such as questions about someone’s sexual history or their sexual orientation
- Making offensive comments about someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity
These are just a few examples of sexual harassment. Any sexual action that creates a hostile work environment is considered sexual harassment, and the victim of the harassment may not be just the target of the offence, but anyone who is affected by the inappropriate behaviour. This article brings to our notice recent publicity on sexual harassment charges in Silicon Valley.
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Warning: Expletive used in this article. I am surprised that The Guardian did not implement their normal careful discretion here.