Unsolicited comments of a sexual nature made on the job can leave an employee feeling threatened or uncomfortable, thereby giving rise to a claim of sexual harassment. Critical to prevailing on a claim for sexual harassment is establishing that a comment was unwelcome. When one party has made no effort to initiate the conversation, nor encouraged the conversation to continue, they may reasonably argue that the offensive and objectionable language was unwelcome.
Some comments may be more objectionable than others, but there is a wide range of conduct which constitutes as sexual harassment. Derogatory or lewd remarks about a coworker’s anatomy, making sexually suggestive jokes, or speaking freely about sexual exploits will understandably make many within earshot uncomfortable.