Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is unwanted verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. General Recommendation 19 to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women defines sexual harassment to include unwelcome physical contact and advances, sexual demands, the showing of pornography, and sexually colored remarks. Most reported victims of sexual harassment are women. Sexual harassment is illegal in a growing number of countries, many of which recognize that both men and women can be harassers or victims. In the United States, sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII holds both harassers and their employers legally responsible and liable for damages and seeks to protect employees who ...

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