Sexual harassment is unlawful under both state and federal laws. Simply stated, sexual harassment is an abuse of the employer's power. There are two types of sexual harassment:
Quid pro quo harassment occurs when an employer conditions any term of employment on the performance of sexual favors. For example, an employer cannot require an employee to engage in sexual conduct to keep from getting fired.
Hostile work environment sexual harassment occurs when an employer maintains an environment where a) offensive conduct of a sexual nature is either tolerated or encouraged, and b) that conduct makes others feel uncomfortable or conditions unreasonably interfere with an employee's performance in the workplace on account of his or her sex. A hostile work environment can also exist on the basis racial discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, religious discrimination, disability discrimination, or age discrimination. This illegal conduct can include uninvited touching or groping, lewd comments, dirty jokes and even physical assault.
(Legal information courtesy of Cutler & McLeod)