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Sexual harassment has been defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as any “unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors or physical conduct of a sexual nature.”
Obviously using the rejection of any such behavior as a basis for denying promotion or affecting any other employment decision is highly illegal. If an employee feels that this type of conduct or behavior has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating or hostile working environment, this too, is couched as sexual harassment.
Federal employment law does not cover all employers and employees, however, most states also have in place similar state laws in this regard to protect employees from the threat of sexual harassment on the job.