Sexual harassment at work

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Sexual harassment is never ok. You should not have to put up with any type of unwelcome sexual conduct by anyone you work with. Employers have a duty to keep workers safe at work, this includes providing a workplace that does not tolerate sexual harassment. It is common for people to feel unsure about how or when to speak up about sexual harassment at work but there are lots of places that can help.

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What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is any type of unwanted sexual behaviour – such as comments, questions, actions, texts, images, jokes, stares, dares or touching – where the person harassing should have known it might make the other person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated.[1]

Sexual harassment is unlawful in most workplace situations and relationships, including when it happens outside work hours.[2] 

For more information about sexual harassment and what you can do, you can visit our page on Sexual Harassment. You can read more about when sexual harassment will be against the law on the Australian Human Rights Commission website here

Sexual harassment can be highly distressing. It is common for people to feel unsure of how to deal with it and to sometimes feel confronted about speaking out. If you are experiencing sexual harassment at work, aren’t sure what to do and aged under 25, you can contact us for free and confidential legal advice here.

Other support services

If you have experienced sexual harassment and would like to talk to a counsellor about what happened, or about anything else on your mind, you can contact the following free services.


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