Take a look at this case as an example of same-sex harassment.
A Meeting Surprise
David, an Employee Relations Specialist, is in charge of
providing benefits information to new employees. Dean is a
new employee anxious to enroll in the 401k plan and to begin
receiving his health benefits. Dean repeatedly asks David to
schedule his benefits orientation session. Finally, David tells Dean
that he is just too busy right now, but if he would like to
come by his home he would be happy to explain them then.
Dean agrees. However, when he arrives at Davidís home
he finds a candlelit dinner prepared, dimmed lights and soft
|Is This Sexual Harassment?
It certainly could be! David is certainly taking a chance by assuming that this obvious
"date" scenario is a situation that would be welcomed by Dean. From the way this situation was
described, it is more likely that Dean would be shocked by this scene when he probably expected a "kitchen table" meeting to discuss
his benefits. Dean could even find it humiliating and awkward, and would probably find it difficult as a new employee to decline dinner
and insist that an office meeting would be more appropriate.
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