About Sexual Harassment at Workplace
Sexual harassment is defined by law and includes requests for sexual favours, sexual advances or other sexual conduct when:
a)submission is either explicitly or implicitly a condition affecting academic or employment decisions
b) the behaviour is sufficiently severe or pervasive as to create an intimidating, hostile or repugnant environment
c) the behaviour persists despite objection by the person to whom the conduct is directed.
Sexual harassment is, unfortunately, one of the most common forms of discrimination. Generally speaking, there are two types of sexual harassment, “quid pro quo” and hostile environment.
Quid pro quo harassment occurs when it is stated or implied that an employment or academic decision about a student or employee depends upon whether the student or employee submits to conduct of a sexual nature. Quid pro quo sexual harassment also occurs when it is stated or implied that an individual must submit to conduct of a sexual nature in order to participate in a University program or activity.
Hostile environment sexual harassment occurs when unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive working or learning environment or is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it affects a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from a program or activity.