What constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace?

When under his employment my manager asked me on several dates, bought me a gift, offered me

monetary assistance just for my company on dates and trips. I never went on any but the one night I was going to have dinner with him, however he cancelled on me for not wanting to go home with him

afterwards. I still have all of our messages.

Asked on September 23, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If the attention was unwelcome and he either explicitly or implicitly used his authority/position to impose his attentions on you, that is sexual harassment (reciprocal attraction or mutual interest is not harassment). If this were the case, then you could file a sexual harassment complaint with the federal EEOC. However, the compensation you could get is related to the harm or injury you have suffered; if you have not lost a job, been demoted, been denied some opportunity, had pay cut, etc., then there is very little compensation (if any) to which you'd be entitled and the main result may be an order or agreement that he stop doing this.


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