Question: What is sexual harassment? Does it fall under the umbrella of sex crimes in Wisconsin?

Answer: Sexual harassment is actually an employment term where you’re talking about the type of issues where an employee would be feeling that a boss or a work situation was a problem for them if they were feeling uncomfortable sexually. That usually does not rise to the level of a sex crime unless there’s a particular act or activity that does rise to the level of a sex crime. That would have to generally be something more than just statements or environment that’s uncomfortable; those are things that would fall into the employment arena. But if someone alleges that they’ve been inappropriately touched at work, potentially if inappropriate material has been sent to them by a computer or email or something like that, that would be a potential for a sex crime that could be charged as a particular crime against the person. That could also fall under the arena of sexual harassment.

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