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Related to sexual harassment: sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual discrimination
an aggressive, sexually motivated act of physical or verbal violation of a person over whom the aggressor has some power. Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal because it represents an abridgment of the victim's right to equal opportunity, privacy, and freedom from assault.
sexual harassmentSexology Socially inappropriate behavior defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission–EEOC, as '…unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other conduct of a sexual nature', or '…creation of a hostile atmosphere or abuse of a position of power in a relationship through sexual behavior or language.' Sexual favor
n the U.S. Supreme Court adopted the definition of sexual harassment formulated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Com-mission as follows: unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting such individual (both quid pro quo harassment), or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment (condition of work harassment).