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Sexual harassment in the workplace – it can happen out of work too
Some forms of sexual harassment, such as assault, physical molestation, stalking, sexual assault and indecent exposure are also criminal offences. The Anti-Discrimination Act provides that all kinds of sexual harassment are against the law regardless of where the sexual harassment happens.
Sexual harassment is unlawful in almost every employment situation and relationship. For example, sexual harassment is unlawful at the workplace, during working hours, at work-related activities such as training courses, conferences, field trips, work functions and office parties. It is also unlawful between almost all workplace participants.
Sexual harassment is prohibited in most workplace situations and relationships. The key to understanding who is covered by federal sexual harassment legislation is the relationship between the harasser and the person being harassed.
Sexual harassment does not necessarily have to take place in the workplace to be unlawful. Sexual harassment in employment may also take place in locations associated with work, such as conferences and training centres, restaurants for work lunches, hotels for work trips or office parties. Sexual harassment may also be covered by the legislation if it occurs away from the workplace but is the culmination or extension of events occurring in the workplace.
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