DOES TALK­ING ABOUT YOUR SEX LIFE AT WORK COUNT AS SEX­UAL HA­RASS­MENT?

Men's Health (Singapore) - - ASK -

Com­ments or con­ver­sa­tions about one’s sex­ual ac­tiv­ity are in­ap­pro­pri­ate in any work­place. You may make a com­plaint to your su­per­vi­sor if you feel un­com­fort­able with your col­league’s be­hav­iour. Other­wise, if you de­cide to adopt more dras­tic mea­sures, if you do feel ha­rassed, alarmed or dis­tressed by your col­league’s dis­cus­sions on said topic, you may bring a civil claim of ha­rass­ment against him/her un­der the Pro­tec­tion Against Ha­rass­ment Act (POHA).

Fol­low­ing the POHA, sex­ual ha­rass­ment can take the form of ver­bal abuse or in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­marks. The POHA cov­ers both in­ten­tional and un­in­ten­tional ha­rass­ment; as such, it is ir­rel­e­vant whether your col­league had in­tended to cause ha­rass­ment, dis­tress or alarm to you when he/she made the ha­rass­ing state­ments. Your col­league risks be­ing fined up to $5,000 for un­in­ten­tional ha­rass­ment and if your col­league had in­ten­tion­ally made the ha­rass­ing state­ments, he/she risks suf­fer­ing the fine and/or be­ing im­pris­oned for up to 6 months.

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