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Repeated and unwanted verbal or sexual advances, sexually explicit derogatory statements or sexually discriminating remarks made by someone in the workplace. These would be offensive to the worker involved, particularly if they caused the worker to feel threatened, humiliated, patronized or harassed, and would interfere with the worker’s job performance, undermine job security, or create a threatening or intimidating work environment. [Trade Union Congress definition in Pattinson, T (1991) Sexual harassment: the hidden facts. Futura. London]

Sexual harassment means unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, or other conduct based on sex affecting the dignity of women and men at work. [European Commission definition in Rubinstein, M (1992) Preventing and remedying sexual harassment at work. London: Industrial Relations Services.]

Sexual harassment means the unwelcome or unwanted conduct of an implicit or explicit sexual nature by an individual or group. It is conduct that the complainant reasonably experiences as offensive and distressing and which leads to the emotional, physical and social discomfort of the complainant, or interferes with the complainant’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or defensive working, educational or social environment. It may take the form of special victimization, quid pro quo harassment and the creation of a hostile environment. [ NMMU Policy on Sexual Harassment 2009]

Sexual harassment is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature. The unwanted nature of sexual harassment distinguishes it from behaviour that is welcome and mutual.