What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment occurs when one person attempts to exert power over another in the workplace through sexual intimidation.
Legally speaking, it's a form of sexual discrimination, which violates the Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act. (States often have their own anti-sexual harassment laws.)
The EEOC, which governs that federal law, says sexual harassment occurs when "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature ... affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment."
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