What kinds of behaviors constitute sexual misconduct at work?
Kathleen Reardon, professor emerita at USC’s Marshall School of Business, has developed a spectrum of sexual misconduct at work. She writes in the HBR, “It is intended as a blueprint for men, women and organizations to use in becoming familiar with levels of offense that can harm work relationships and create or perpetuate hostile work environments.” The spectrum includes mild and moderate forms of offense, sexual harassment, and abuse.
Listen to Reardon explain the difference between offensive behavior and sexual misconduct.
Drawing the line between offensive behavior and sexual misconduct by David Brancaccio
Decisions about which category a behavior falls into depend on the situation, tone of delivery and nonverbal behaviors. This is not a set of cut-and-dried categories. It’s a first-pass blueprint for organizations – a way to start talking about what is and isn’t sexual misconduct. Additional examples can be added, some moved. The point is to get this conversation underway.