The determination of whether conduct is sexual harassment depends on the specific facts and context of the situation.
It should be the policy of all employers to provide a workplace in which all individuals are treated On most occasions a hostile environment requires a showing of a pattern of offensive conduct.
Many are forced to quit their jobs or take sick leave to escape from the harassment.
Turnover is expensive, as are investigations and lawsuits.
Ignoring such behavior may be taken as a sign of encouragement or tacit consent.
Many report that when they directly tell the harasser to stop, the harassment often, but not always, ends.