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Basics: What is the legal definition of sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is defined as any behavior of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and creates a hostile, offensive or intimidating work environment. It includes verbal comments as well as physical touching, as well as "dirty" pictures or lewd jokes. Situations are analyzed on a case-by-case basis. Another kind of sexual harassment is when a supervisor tries to extort sexual favors for subordinates by threatening adverse actions or promising rewards.

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