Behaviors that could be considered Sexual Harassment

Behaviors that could be considered Sexual Harassment:

Verbal:

·       Unwelcome whistling, cat-calls, kissing sounds, howling, and smacking lips;

·       Sexual teasing, jokes, stories or innuendos;

·       Making sexual comments about a person's body, clothing, anatomy, conduct or looks;

·       Sexually insulting remarks about race, gender, socioeconomic status, disability, or sexual orientation;

·       Inquiries into one's sexual experiences; sexual fantasies, preferences, or history;

·       Discussion of one's sexual activities, deficiencies, or prowess;

·       Unwelcome sexual flirtation, pressure for dates or sexual propositions;

·       Telling lies, gossip or spreading rumors about a person's personal sex life;

Non-Verbal:

·       Walking around house in underwear or towel;

·       Failure to knock before entering a person’s room;

·       Failure to lock bathroom and bedroom doors while in use;

·       Looking a person up and down (Elevator eyes), Leering;

·       Making sexual gestures with hands or through body movements;

·       Sharing pornography, sexually suggestive objects, offensive drawings, cartoons, graffiti, or pictures;

·       Cyber sexual harassment, including harassment through the use of the Internet or other telecommunications technologies;

·       Unwanted letters, telephone calls, or materials of a sexual nature;

Physical:

·       Unwelcome physical contact including hugging, kissing, patting or stroking;

·       Leaning over, cornering, or pinching;

·       Touching or rubbing oneself sexually around another person;

·       Giving a massage around the neck or shoulders;

·       Sitting on laps;

·       Goodnight kisses

 

Behaviors to Avoid (Despite how they're intended, these behaviors could be misconstrued as sexual harassment):

·       Staring at someone;

·       Calling someone a girl, hunk, doll, babe, or honey;

·       Making facial expressions such as winking, throwing kisses, or licking lips;

·       Blocking a person's path;

·       Sharing a bed;

·       ­Touching the person's clothing, hair, or body;

·       Standing close or brushing up against another person;

·       Following a person ­or hanging around a person or giving personal gifts;