It is clear from the many high-profile #MeToo cases in the news recently, colleagues are not always on the same page when it comes to office communication. Some think flirting is fun, harmless banter. For others, it is unwanted and offensive. It is important to distinguish what office flirtations entail and when they cross the line into sexual harassment.
Many of us spend just as much, if not more, time with our colleagues during the week than our partners. Conversations evolve into flirting and flirting, for some, turns into much more. Yet, in some cases, it can also be considered unlawful sexual harassment.
The law does not regulate your personal morals and values. In terms of civil rights and sexual harassment, it is used to prevent a hostile or offensive work environment for everyone involved.
The following are signs that your office flirtation is becoming inappropriate:
Remember these red flags to keep a platonic office connection from becoming an inappropriate relationship that crosses the line into illegal sexual harassment.
If you are concerned time spent with your coworker is heading the wrong way, try these tips to avoid an Human Resources problem:
While it is natural to sometimes forge meaningful bonds with those we spend so much time with every day, today’s anti-harassment laws are clear about keeping our workplaces free of sexually charged comments and activity. Protect yourself and your career by keeping your office connections professional.
If you experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, the Long Branch employment lawyers at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. represent employers and individuals dealing with workplace harassment claims. We review every detail of your case to recommend sound legal guidance for the best outcome. We protect your rights under the law and help you move past a hostile work environment.
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