Work-related sexual harassment

Let's be very clear about sexual harassment.

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Date last updated

Tuesday 29 Jun 2021

Sexual harassment is an occupational health and safety issue and employers have a responsibility to keep their employees safe.

Work-related sexual harassment involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, or any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that occurs in your workplace, in the course of your employment or at work-related events. Some types of sexual harassment include:

  • touching
    • staring or leering
      • suggestive comments or jokes
        • sexually explicit pictures or posters
          • repeated invitations to go out on dates
            • requests for sex
              • intrusive questions about a person's private life or body
                • unnecessary contact, such as deliberately brushing up against a person
                  • insults or taunts based on sex or gender
                    • sexually explicit physical contact
                      • sexually explicit emails, text messages, or social media activity

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                        Employer responsibilities

                        Employers have an obligation to prevent and respond to work-related sexual harassment. Learn more about your duties  and what support is available.

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                        Employee and contractor rights and responsibilities

                        Learn more about your rights and responsibilities, and find support services for people who have experienced or witnessed work-related sexual harassment.

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