The Fair Employment And Housing Act

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Objective 6. The Fair Employment and Housing Act defines harassment because of sex as including sexual harassment, gender harassment, and harassment based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. The Fair Employment and Housing Commission regulations define sexual harassment as unwanted sexual advances, or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This definition includes many forms of offensive behavior and includes gender-based harassment of a person of the same sex as the harasser. The following is a partial list of violations: Unwanted sexual advances, Offering employment benefits in exchange for sexual favors, Making or threatening reprisals after a negative response to sexual advances, Visual conduct: leering, making sexual gestures, displaying of suggestive objects or pictures, cartoon or posters, Verbal conduct: making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs, and jokes, Verbal sexual advances or propositions, Verbal abuse of a sexual nature, graphic verbal commentaries about an individual 's body, sexually degrading words used to describe an individual, suggestive or obscene letters, notes or invitations, Physical conduct: touching, assault, impeding or blocking movements. (Dept of Fair housing California website, 2016) All employers are prohibited from harassing employees in the workplace. If harassment occurs, an employer may be liable even if management was not aware of the harassment. An employer might avoid liability if the

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