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Sexual harassment is a serious problem and it is against the law. You can take action if you have been sexually harassed at work. This Fact Sheet looks at what you can do to stop the harassment and make a complaint.
A person is sexually harassed at work if, while at work, one or more individuals:
Conduct does not have to be repeated to constitute sexual harassment. Conduct that occurs outside of work hours but that is still connected to the workplace, for example, conduct that occurs at a work function, may still constitute sexual harassment ‘at work’.
Some examples of sexual harassment include:
If you think that you are being sexually harassed at work, or you have been sexually assaulted, you don’t have to put up with it. The steps you take will depend on your workplace and how comfortable you feel speaking up.
It is a good idea to keep a record of situations when you feel sexually harassed. Consider keeping a diary, include specific details such as dates, times, witnesses, how you were sexually harassed and how this made you feel.
It is important to get the help that you need, so see a doctor if you feel depressed, anxious or if you have been sexually assaulted or physically injured. If you feel in danger:
Legal options include:
For more information on the above, we recommend you download the full Fact Sheet.
Call our Telephone Information Service on Melbourne Metro (03) 9662 1933 or Regional Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania on 1800 331 617.
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