Sexual Harassment by Innuendo

California Government Code §12940(j)(1) prohibits sexual harassment. Sexual harassment by innuendo is one of the forms in which sexual harassment can occur. Sexual innuendo occurs when the language is not direct, but rather suggests sexual content. In other words, the language used might be along the lines of “I really like how those pants fit your body”. These kinds of comments can certainly make an employee feel uncomfortable and/or threatened.

An example: A male supervisor keeps asking a female employee to go out with him. The female employee tries to ignore him and makes excuses so that maybe he gets the point that she is not interested. The male supervisor begins to make comments to her on a daily basis. He usually gets to work before her and when she walks in he always mentions something about how she looks. Several times he has said to her “I really like how those pants make your legs look” and “I really like how that dress shows your figure”. Other times, he has made comments that hint towards to size of her body parts. If you are experiencing or have experienced a similar situation, contact our office.

Another example: A male manager begins to ask a female employee about her private life. At first, he just asks her questions about what kinds of things she likes to do on the weekends and whether she has a boyfriend. However, he then begins to ask private questions about her sex life and also makes comments about his own sex life to her. He even asks her about different sexual positions that she likes or has tried. If you are experiencing or have experienced a similar situation, contact our office.

Another example: A doctor has a small office. The only two people that work in the office are his secretary and him. The doctor has been having some issues with his wife and begins to talk to his secretary about it. At first, she felt that he only needed someone to talk to, so she was fine with it. However, the secretary begins to feel very uncomfortable as the conversations become more personal. The doctor would say to her things like: “my wife is not as nice as you are”, “she does not even touch me anymore”, and “I wish someone else would be attracted to me”. If you are experiencing or have experienced a similar situation, contact our office.

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