Sexual harassment is any unwanted or unwelcome sexual type behaviour which makes a person feel offended, humiliated, or intimidated.
Sexual harassment may include physical or verbal acts such as inappropriate advances, intrusive questions, inappropriate comments, staring, touching, sexually explicit messages, requests for sex or unwanted date requests, physical assault, indecent exposure, or stalking.
Many sexual harassment cases occur in the workplace. In 2018-2019, 25% of Australian Human Rights Commission complaints were sex related and 73% of those occurred in the workplace.
However, sexual harassment can happen in public and private settings including school, university, sports teams, online or over the phone.
If you, or someone you know have experienced sexual harassment, you should seek legal advice.
There are time limits for making a claim for sexual harassment or abuse, so it is important that you seek advice at the earliest opportunity. The applicable time limit will depend on your particular circumstances and the type of claim to be made.
As some time limits can be extended, even if you think the relevant time limit has passed, you should still get advice.
Everyone deserves to feel safe and respected at work.