The legal definition of sexual harassment varies by jurisdiction.
Sexual harassment is subject to a directive in the European Union.
In the context of US employment, the harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer, and harassers or victims can be of any sex or gender.
Sexual harassment is a form of illegal employment discrimination in many countries, and is a form of abuse (sexual and psychological) and bullying.
For many businesses or organizations, preventing sexual harassment, and defending employees from sexual harassment charges, have become key goals of legal decision-making.
The concept of sexual harassment, in its modern understanding, is a relatively new one, dating from the 1970s onwards; although other related concepts have existed prior to this in many cultures.
Sexual Harassment Office The Sexual Harassment Office handles complaints of harassment based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression at the University of Toronto.