Harassment can occur in many different social settings such as the workplace, the home, school, churches, etc. Harassers or victims may be of any gender. In most modern legal contexts, sexual harassment is illegal. Laws surrounding sexual harassment generally do not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or minor isolated incidents—that is due to the fact that they do not impose a "general civility code".
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Every employee at any level in any industry has the right to be free from sexual harassment and discrimination. News headlines and social media posts have confirmed what most of us have known or suspected for years — sex-based discrimination and harassment are rampant, yet victims are reluctant to come forward to report unlawful behavior for fear of losing their jobs, incomes, and careers. While most workplace sexual harassment episodes involve supervisors or co-workers, the law also prohibits harassment by clients, customers, and others that do business with the employer. Also, you need not have been terminated, disciplined, demoted, or treated adversely to pursue a sexual harassment claim — you only need to show the harassment unreasonably interfered with your ability to do your job, or that it created a hostile work environment.
Americans are spending more time than ever before in the workplace. Because work consumes so much of our time, a problem in the workplace can have a devastating impact on an employee and his or her family. In no situation is this more true than when an employee experiences sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can include sexual gestures, physical touching, verbal or written sexual remarks, sexual jokes, and displaying sexual pictures or cartoons.
Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature, including text messages and emails. The harasser can be supervisor, a co-worker, or in some instances, someone who is not an employee. Often, the harasser is in a position of power or authority over the victim.