Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when;

  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a person’s job, pay, or career, or
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a person is used as a basis for career or employment decisions affecting that person, or
  • Such conduct interferes with an individual’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.


Any person in a supervisory or command position who uses or condones implicit or explicit sexual behavior to control, influence, or affect the career, pay, or job of a military member or civilian employee is engaging in sexual harassment. Similarly, any military member or civilian employee who makes deliberate or repeated unwelcome verbal comments, gestures, or physical contact of a sexual nature is also engaging in sexual harassment.

The behavior must:

  • Be unwelcome
  • Be sexual in nature
  • Occur in or impact the work environment


NAWS Command will not condone nor allow sexual harassment anywhere in the Department of the Navy. All supervisors, managers and employees of NAWS have a responsibility to treat seriously any reported or observed actions, behaviors or language, which may be considered sexual harassment. All incidents of sexual harassment will be reported and investigated.

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