What is Sexual
Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors,
and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that occur in the
workplace or on campus.
Governmental agencies charged with enforcing laws against
discrimination (such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the US
Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, and the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission
(SHAC), may take action against an employer
or educational institution whose employees or students engage in sexual harassment.
An employer or institution may be sued for damages (monetary relief) by a person
who claims to be the victim of sexual harassment. The damage awards courts make
in sexual harassment lawsuits can be large--sometimes in excess of one million
Most judges and legal experts agree that the goal of laws against sexual
harassment is to prevent discrimination on the basis of sex.
Remember: sexual harassment is a form of illegal sex