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What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct that is sexual in nature which makes another person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated.

It does not need to be repeated or on-going for it to be unlawful.

Both men and women can be affected by sexual harassment.

Examples of sexual harassment

Examples of sexual harassment can include:

  • any unwelcome touching, no matter how minor
  • comments, insults or taunts that are sexual in nature
  • staring or leering
  • sexually suggestive jokes or comments
  • intrusive questions about your private life
  • displaying posters of a sexual nature
  • sending sexually explicit emails or text messages or inappropriate advances on social media
  • repeated unwanted requests to go out on dates or requests for sex

Where can sexual harassment happen?

Sexual harassment can happen in the work environment, including an office, a factory or a work site.

It can also happen anywhere else that is work-related, including hotels, restaurants, bars, taxis, or function centres. 

It can also happen on social media, or via text messages.

What should you do if you have experienced sexual harassment?

If you have been subjected to sexual harassment, please contact our specialist team today.

We have extensive experience filing successful sexual harassment claims on behalf of our clients, and negotiating appropriate compensation for the shock and distress they have suffered.

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