Do you think you can recognize just about any instance of sexual harassment that walks down the corridor outside your office? Take this quiz and find out how many of the scenarios described constitute genuinely actionable incidents.
No conscientious supervisor wants to think that sexual harassment occurs in the areas they oversee. Unfortunately, many managers who really want to do the right thing just don’t recognize it when it happens, and they end up handling grievances or, worse, lawsuits.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines sexual harassment as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature." The EEOC goes on to say that offensive remarks about a person’s sex are included…but “simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents are not prohibited."
So how far is too far? What is simple or offhand? Take a look at these scenarios and choose how you think each one turned out. You may be surprised by some of the answers.
How Much Do You Know About Sexual Harassment?