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Sexual harassment – true or false?

By Beatrice Thomas

How well do you know sexual harassment laws?

Take our quiz to find out.

Question 1

Ian is interested in Mary. They socialise with other members of staff after work and seem to have fun with each other.  Ian asks Mary out on a date.

Harassment

False

Not Harassment

True

Maybe

False

Question 2

Martin is Dan’s supervisor. Lately Martin has been trying to pinch Dan on the bottom as he passes by him. Initially Dan just ignored it and tried to pretend it was a joke.  But now he wants it to stop.

Harassment

True

Not Harassment

False

Maybe

False

Question 3

Becky and Tina like to chat in the lunch room and often tell sexually explicit jokes. They do not intend for others to overhear. Jill feels uncomfortable about their conversations and so always eats her lunch alone at her desk.

Harassment

True

Not Harassment

False

Maybe

False

Question 4

Michael is new to his role. A senior female co-worker has befriended him on Facebook and is writing x-rated comments under some of his photos. Michael doesn’t say anything because it’s his first job out of school, and he is keen to make a good impression. He also doesn’t think he can complain to HR because it’s happening outside of work.

Harassment

True

Not Harassment

False

Maybe

False

Question 5

Bill really likes the people he works with, and he makes a point of always being happy and friendly. He calls the young girls in the office “sweetie” and gives them fatherly hugs. At work drinks he often jokes "how's your love life?" and "planning on getting any this weekend?" His co-workers don't object and sometimes laugh. His supervisor, however, is a little worried. He has spoken to Bill, who says, “It’s just the way I am. Everyone knows I’m harmless”.

Harassment

False

Not Harassment

False

Maybe

True

How well did you do?

If you had one or more wrong answers it’s time to refresh your knowledge. Get in touch with our WHS team via the Employee Relations Advice Centre on (08) 9365 7660 or via advice@cciwa.com

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How well do you know sexual harassment laws? Take our quiz to find out.

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