What is sexual deviation

What is sexual harassment?
The term sexual harassment in the workplace includes any behavior that is sexually related or based on gender that is undesirable on one side and that offends a person's dignity. The harassment can occur during work or at company events.
It can come from employees, from members of partner companies or from the company's customers.
Sexual harassment can be carried out through words, gestures, or actions. It can come from individuals or groups.
Specifically, this means, for example:

  • Offensive and ambiguous comments are made about the appearance of employees.
  • Sexist remarks or jokes are made about sexual characteristics, sexual behavior and the sexual orientation of women and men.
  • Pornographic material is shown, hung up or put on display at the workplace.
  • Employees receive unwanted invitations with clear intent.
  • There is unwanted body contact.
  • Employees are persecuted inside or outside the company.
  • Approaches are made that are accompanied by promises of advantages or threats of disadvantages.
  • There is sexual assault, coercion or rape.

There is a simple rule for assessing whether an observed behavior is a harmless flirtation, an impending relationship between work colleagues or a case of sexual harassment: The decisive factor is not the intention of the harassing person, but rather a case of sexual harassment how their behavior is received by the person concerned, whether they perceive it as desirable or undesirable.

You feel sexually harassed in your workplace what to do?
The GFB lawyer advises and informs all people who feel sexually harassed at their workplace.
If you are a member of a trade union, you will also find advice and support there.
If you work in the Freiburg State Administration, you can contact one of the authorized representatives. If you work in the private sector, you will find support from the cantonal labor inspectorate.

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