Specific Examples of Sexual Harassment

VERBAL

  • Calling a person a hunk. doll, babe, or honey
  • Turning work discussions to sexual topics
  • Asking personal questions about social or sexual life
  • Asking about sexual fantasies, preferences, or history
  • Making sexual comments about a person’s clothing, body, or looks
  • Making kissing sounds, howling, smacking, lips.
  • Telling lies or spreading rumors about a person’s sex life

NON-VERBAL

  • Staring at someone
  • Blocking a person’s path
  • Restricting, hindering the other person’s movements
  • Sexual and/or derogatory comments about men/women on coffee mugs, hats, clothing, etc.
  • Making facial expressions, such as winking, throwing kisses, or licking lips
  • Making sexual gestures with hands and/or body movements
  • Letters, gifts, and/or materials of a sexual nature
  • Invading a person’s body space, standing closer than appropriate or necessary for the work being done

PHYSICAL

  • Massaging a person’s neck, shoulders, etc.
  • Touching the person’s clothing, hair, or body
  • Hugging, kissing, patting, or stroking
  • Touching or rubbing oneself sexually around or in the view of another person
  • Brushing up against a person
  • Patting, goosing, caressing, or fondling
  • Tearing/pulling/yanking a person’s clothing
  • Exposing oneself