Sexual harassment

What is sexual harassment under the Employment Relations Act?

Sexual harassment occurs if an employer or its representative makes a request for sexual activity which contains a threat to the employment of the employee or a promise of preferential treatment. 

Contact NZSTA in the first instance.

Sexual harassment can be language, visual material or physical behaviour of a sexual nature which subjects the employee to behaviour that is unwelcome or offensive to that employee, that by its nature or repetition causes detriment to the employment of the employee.

See also: What if someone other than the employer harasses an employee?

Further information

Sexual harrassment guide. Human Rights Commission. Search for it on the Resources page on their website.

Updated: January 2018

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