The Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) advises.

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22 November 2013

What is the definition of sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature. Lebo, for example, doesn’t want her boss’s sexual advances or attention. Sexual attention becomes sexual harassment when the person being harassed has made it clear that the behaviour is offensive or when the perpetrator should have known that the behaviour is regarded as unacceptable.

These are the forms of sexual harassment:

• Physical conduct of a sexual nature includes all unwanted physical contact, ranging from touching to sexual assault and rape, and includes a strip search by or in the presence of the opposite sex.

• Verbal forms of sexual harassment include unwelcome suggestions and hints, sexual advances, comments with sexual overtones, sex-related jokes or insults or unwelcome explicit comments about a person’s body made in their presence or directed towards them, unwelcome and inappropriate enquiries about a person’s sex life, and unwelcome whistling directed at a person or group of persons.

• Nonverbal forms of sexual harassment include unwelcome gestures, indecent exposure, and the unwelcome display of sexually explicit pictures and objects.

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