Anyone, male or female, can be a victim of sexual harassment.The victim and the harasser can be a woman or a man, and they can be the same sex.
Hostile work environment harassment is grounds for legal action when the conduct is unwelcome, based on sex, and severe or pervasive enough to create an abusive or offensive working environment.
A workplace is a location where someone works for his or her employer, a place of employment.
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Some employees believe that a bad boss, an unpleasant work environment, a rude coworker, failure to qualify for a promotion, or the lack of perks, privileges, benefits, and recognition can create a hostile work environment.
But, the reality is that for a workplace to be hostile, certain legal criteria must be met.
So, a coworker who talks loudly, snaps her gum, and leans over your desk when she talks with you, is demonstrating inappropriate, rude, obnoxious behavior, but it does not create a hostile work environment.
On the other hand, a coworker who tells sexually explicit jokes and sends around images of nude people is guilty of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.
A hostile work environment is created by a boss or coworker whose actions, communication or behavior make doing your job impossible.