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What is sexual harassment?

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What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination because it singles out the victim based on that person’s gender. In general, there are two types of sexual harassment: quid pro quo and hostile work environment. Quid Pro Quo harassment generally involves a supervisor requesting sexual favors in exchange for a raise, a promotion, or a positive performance review. Hostile Work Environment harassment typically involves offensive conduct that’s gender-based that a reasonable person would find to be offensive, abusive, or threatening. Sexual harassment need not be overtly sexual, rather it can include differential treatment or harassment that is non-sexual but directed at one gender. The harasser could be a man, a woman, or a non-binary. Furthermore, there is no requirement that the harasser is of a different gender than the victim.

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