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Unprovoked sexual conduct tarnishes this weekend's Springbok victory

by , 24 June 2013
Springbok Hooker, Adriaan Strauss was 'incensed when Samoan fullback James So'oialo appeared to squeeze the hooker's testicles in an unprovoked assault midway through the second half' of their encounter on Saturday reports SportLive. While the incident was later deemed 'accidental' by the hearing committee, attacking the testicles is one of the great unwritten no-nos in rugby. And it's not just on the rugby field where this type of behaviour is a big no-no! It's just as important to protect your employees from unwanted sexual conduct in your company...

The Springbok's have taken this weekend's Adriaan Strauss ball grab incident with a pinch of salt.

So much so, that Captain Jean de Villiers has even been quoted saying that Strauss literally 'put his balls on the line' for South Africa during the match, reports SportLive.

But incidents like these are no laughing matter – especially if they happen in the workplace.

But what type of conduct qualifies as sexual harassment?

There are two main types of sexual harassment that take place in the workplace.

The first is verbal conduct.

According to Labour Law for Managers, 'verbal conduct can range from the suggestive and romantic, to the crude and offensive, to a blatant demand for sex.'

The second, and this is where the Strauss incident comes in, is physical conduct.

'This can range from physical touching, to lewd gestures, to other less directly physical (passive) acts,' explains Labour Law for Managers.

Like what happened to Strauss, touching the obviously sexual parts of a body – the breasts, the genitals and the bottom – brings physical touch into the zone of sexual harassment. But physical sexual harassment can also include kissing and hugging (depending on the context and relationship between the people involved)

And that means, you can't take these for granted if an employee complains about a colleague who participates in inappropriate and unsolicited sexual conduct in the workplace.

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