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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Youth at Work

C is incorrect.

Harassment is illegal if it is because of sex (or some other characteristic protected by federal anti-discrimination laws, such as race or religion), it is frequent or severe, and it is unwelcome or unwanted. Harassment is also illegal if it results in an employer making an employment decision, such as firing or demoting the victim.

Angie’s behavior represents sexual harassment. Angie’s behavior is sexual in nature because she expresses interest in continuing her romantic relationship with Tim. In addition, her behavior is frequent because she repeatedly asks Tim for another chance. By refusing to go out with her, Tim has made it clear to Angie that her advances are no longer welcome. Finally, Angie changes Tim’s schedule after he refuses to go out with her.

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2. Tim and Angie, who is the team leader, work at a local amusement park. They recently broke up after dating for several months. Angie begins following Tim at work and repeatedly begs him to give her another chance. When Tim refuses, Angie changes Tim's schedule so she won’t have to work with him. As a result, Tim’s hours are cut in half. Did Angie sexually harass Tim?

  1. Yes. Angie should have stopped asking Tim out after he refused to go out with her again. It was also illegal for Angie to reduce Tim’s hours because he refused to date her.
  2. No. Angie’s behavior is not sexual harassment because Angie has not kissed or hugged Tim. Angie reasonably tried to stay away from Tim after he refused to give her another chance.
  3. No. Angie’s behavior is not sexual harassment because she and Tim used to date. It is impossible for people who used to be in a relationship to sexually harass each other.
  4. No. Angie’s behavior is not sexual harassment because only women can be sexually harassed.