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Here are several events that happen in the workplace. Do you believe they fall under the definition of sexual harassment?

1. Jane willingly dated a co-worker for the last 3 years. Now, she has met someone else and does not want to continue the relationship with the co-worker. The co-worker does not want to end the relationship and is posting negative things about her on Facebook.

2. Linda offers sexual favors to her professor in order to get a passing grade. The professor agrees, and Linda receives a passing grade.

3. Mary, a supervisor, asks her male employee, Stan, to join her for dinner so they have will some quiet time away from the office to go over his performance evaluation.

4. Bob, a supervisor, makes comments about on a regular basis to his secretary, Susan, about how she is dressed for the day.

5. A customer in a restaurant grabs a waitress' rear. She complains about the customer to the manager, who says, "Ignore it, you'll probably get bigger tip."

6. Don posts pictures of scantily clothed women on his office walls.

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1. This situation would not fit the definition of sexual-harassment, due to the fact that the harassment that is taking place is not necessarily of a sexual nature, but is the general harassment of a jilted lover towards an individual that he wants to continue to carry on a relationship with. In addition, there are no benefits promised by this individual for sexual favors from Jane.

2. This situation would fit the definition of sexual-harassment due to the fact that Linda has seeks to coerce her professor into providing her with a passing grade, in return for sexual ...