I am female and so is my coworker. She keeps telling me about her sex life but I do not like it. Is this sexual harassment?

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Question:  My boss frequently makes jokes that have inappropriate sexual overtones and she even shares details of his sex life with me. I have asked her not to discuss these things with me but she still continues to do so.  Both my boss and I are female. Is there anything I can do?

Response:  Sexual harassment can occur in many different environments and between many different people.  It is a common misconception that a woman can only be the victim of sexual harassing or sexual discrimination by the actions of a man.  Your female boss is making your uncomfortable with behavior that is offensive and that rises to the level of sexual harassment.  Especially in situations like yours, where the harasser is in a position of power as your boss, the behavior is illegal and falls under the umbrella of the protections offered by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”).  The EEOC prohibits sexual discrimination and harassment in the workplace and provides grounds for employees who have been victimized to pursue legal action.  If your boss continues to harass you and make you feel uncomfortable despite your requests to stop, you may consider contacting one of the sexual harassment law firms in your area to discuss your options and next steps.  Sexual discrimination and harassment in the workplace is illegal and you do not have to tolerate it.

Answered by D. Nicole Rosen

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