Sexual harassment does not only occur in the workplace but also happens at social gatherings, in public areas such as at bus stops, in the street and in clubs.
The offence occurs when a person assaults another in a manner which grossly offends public morality e.g. touching breasts or other parts of the body, unwelcome kissing, etc. Actual touching may not be involved. Rude or suggestive language can also be considered sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment in the work place happens to men as well as women. It is a criminal offence for an employer to seek any form of sexual favour as a condition for hiring a person. It is also an offence to threaten dismissal if the sexual favour is not granted.
The law works both ways - it is an offence to offer sexual inducement in return for benefit at work.
Sexual harassment also occurs in schools and colleges. Everybody has a right to feel safe and comfortable in the work place and at school.
The following are some examples of sexual harassment: