Workplace sexual harassment is more common than many people think. It also comes in multiple forms. While most people associate sexual harassment with sexual advances and physical acts like inappropriate touching and gestures, one of the most common forms of sexual harassment as well as the most pervasive is verbal.
Verbal sexual harassment in a work environment can be defined as repeated and continuous comments and communicative behaviors (such as written behaviors like leaving notes or sending emails or chat messages) of a sexual nature or that are offensive towards a person’s gender. These comments can be said to the person directly, near them, or about them. Sexual harassment can happen to anyone—regardless of their gender identity.