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Is slander a form of sexual harassment?

On Behalf of | Sep 20, 2021 | Sexual Harassment

Workplaces across the country have made concerted efforts in recent years to eliminate sexual harassment in all forms. However, it continues to persist, especially in the forms that media do not cover as often.

In order to fully combat sexual harassment at work, it is important to understand all the forms it can manifest in, such as slander or rumors.

Creation of a hostile work environment

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission takes a look at sexual harassment in the workplace, an ongoing issue in the modern work environment. In most cases, the media will focus on sexual harassment that involves physical elements such as assault or violence. However, this only makes up a portion of sexual harassment cases at work.

In many cases, the harassment remains verbal. However, as long as the victim faces disruption to their ability to work safely, any action could fall under the category of harassment. Needless to say, rumors and slander attack the reputation of an individual and can make it difficult or even impossible to work safely. It also creates a hostile work environment, another crucial component in pursuing a harassment case.

Sexual harassment via slander

Regarding sexual harassment, in particular, the slander will revolve around the victim’s sexual or love life. In many cases, coworkers or other people participating in the slander might discuss the victim’s supposed promiscuity or spread salacious rumors behind their back. This can lead to victims feeling ostracized, judged, belittled and even threatened.

Victims who face these hurdles should discuss their situation with legal help, who can guide them as they move toward seeking compensation for their struggles.