Unwanted advances by an employer, co-worker, an agent of the employer or even a non-employee are constituted as sexual harassment, whether it be to any gender in the workplace. Indirect targets are also considered to have been sexually harassed as they can have been negatively impacted by the behavior of the aggressor. Economic and salary concerns can be a part of a case but are not needed for the case to move forward. But, if the conduct of the non-aggressor in the case has welcomes and encouraged the behavior of the so-called aggressor, then the case is not considered to be harassment-- the harassment must be unwanted.
Complaints should be filed with the employer or the employer's department of human resources if a person feels they are being sexually harassed-- sexual harassment is stated under federal law as forbidden in the workplace. Specific notes are asked to be taken on the incidences with specific verbiage used in association with the harassment-- if legal action is to ever be taken, documentation could play a crucial role.
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