Harassment is not behaviour based on mutual attraction, friendship and respect. If the behaviour is consensual and welcome, it is not harassment.

Some examples of sexual harassment could include:

  • Pin-ups, calendars, screen savers, emails etc of a sexual nature
  • Rude gestures, innuendo or comments
  • Unwelcome or offensive physical closeness or touching
  • Unwelcome comments on clothing, body or physical characteristics
  • Threats or promises base on sexual favours

Sexual harassment is behaviour of a sexual nature that is:

  • Unwelcome and offensive
  • Verbal, physical or visual
  • Repeated or serious and affects someone’s employment, job performance or job satisfaction

Stop before it starts by:

  • Not tolerating sexual harassment on your worksite
  • Making sure your worksite has clear sexual harassment prevention policies, procedures and training for everyone
  • Setting up a sexual harassment prevention network which includes contact people and a co-ordinator
  • A contact person is an elected representative who acts as a support person for people who have a query or complaint about sexual harassment
  • The co-ordinator is the person responsible for ensuring that policies and procedures are in place on the worksite
  • Training the co-ordinator and contact people
  • Encouraging workers to report any incidents of sexual harassment

If you want information about sexual harassment contact one of the following groups:

Employment Relationship Services
0800 800 863

Working Women’s Resource Centre
027 485 3471

Human Rights Commission
0800 496 877