50 Examples of Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

  • Pressure for sexual favors
  • Rape
  • Attempted rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Attempted sexual assault
  • Unwanted touching of body, clothing, or hair
  • Unwanted hugging
  • Unwanted kissing
  • Sexual looks
  • Sexual gestures
  • Sexual comments
  • Sexual jokes
  • Sexual insults or taunts
  • Repeated invitations on dates
  • Massaging shoulders, neck, or back
  • Patting someone’s body or head
  • Inappropriate pinching
  • Kissing sounds
  • Cat calls or whistling
  • Sexualized nicknames
  • Intimate nicknames, such as ‘sweetie’, ‘honey’, ‘girl’, ‘babe’, ‘hunk’
  • Questions or remarks about sex life
  • Questions or remarks about sexual fantasies
  • Questions or remarks about sexual history
  • Questions or remarks about sexual orientation
  • Comments about physical appearance
  • Sharing sexual anecdotes
  • Brushing up against someone
  • Standing very close
  • Leaning over someone intimidatingly
  • Staring or leering
  • Winking
  • Blowing kisses
  • Sexually licking lips
  • Looking someone up and down
  • Blocking a person’s path
  • Cornering someone
  • Loitering near someone
  • Following someone around
  • Giving personal gifts
  • Giving sexual gifts
  • Displaying pornographic material in the workplace
  • Sharing or distributing pornographic material
  • Sexual text messages or emails
  • Inappropriate comments on social media posts
  • Offensive phone calls
  • Indecent exposure
  • Visiting someone’s home uninvited
  • Inappropriately filming or taking photos of someone
  • Threatening to share intimate images or film without consent.

  • This is not an exhaustive list, but prompters as to what constitutes sexual harassment, to act as a guide. People who engage in sexual harassment are allot cleverer than 10-20 years, in many cases now its allot more subtle. We at A Whole New Approach (the owners of this web site), we are well known for the work we do. We are happy to give you some guidance, advise, its free, we are not sexual harassment lawyers, but experienced workplace advisors. We represent employees at the Fair work Commission, the various Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commissions and Tribunals (QCAT, NCAT, VCAT amongst others) around Australia. We have been dealing with sexual harassment complaints since 2004.
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