Chapter 16: Sexual Harassment
These cases are the most difficult to resolve. A thorough investigation is critical.
- A single unwelcome sexual comment or advance.
- A supervisor who makes a few mild advances for a few minutes, stops, and apologizes with apparent embarrassment.
- A small number of minor incidents is less likely to constitute actionable sexual harassment.
It depends on the seriousness of the incident. The appropriate corrective action may include a strong verbal warning, written warning, transfer, administrative leave, suspension, demotion, firing. Generally, you would take the same types of action taken for other forms of employee misconduct.
- A supervisor makes sexually explicit comments and propositions the employee.
- A female custodian is subjected to derogatory and vicious jokes, pornographic and demeaning cartoons, and naked photos with her name written on them, posted in public view.
- A supervisor offers an employee a better job, extra help, or reclassification in return for sexual attention or threatens to take adverse action for refusing.
- A coworker repeatedly asks an employee out on a date and makes sexually suggestive comments to the employee.