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Explaining digital sexual harassment at work

The workplace should be free from all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment. Employees should not be subjected to any form of sexual harassment on the job and this includes harassment done through digital forms, including emails, text messages, chat software and more. Today, we will explain digital sexual harassment in a Burlington, New Jersey workplace.

The most common method of digital sexual harassment in the workplace comes in the form of an email. Email communication occurs more often than not between employees and supervisors. Emails that include crude jokes, explicit pictures and other content that is sexual in nature can be classified as sexual harassment.

Text messages are another form of digital sexual harassment. Whether you are receiving crude or explicit messages from co-workers or supervisors on your personal or work phone, it's still against policies that prevent sexual harassment in the workplace for all employees.

Does your place of employment have its own internal system with a chat feature? If so, employees sharing explicit content or crude messages via this chat system are in violation of sexual harassment rules as well as most company policies.

Even phone calls while on the job from co-workers or supervisors that involved a topic that is sexual in nature can be considered digital sexual harassment.

Digital sexual harassment is just as inappropriate and illegal as any other form of sexual harassment. If you are the victim of digital sexual harassment, it's important that you report the incident immediately in writing to a supervisor or the human resources department. You should then consult with an experienced attorney about your situation.

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