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SECNAVINST 5300.26C (Department of the Navy Policy on Sexual Harrassment) and OPNAVINST 5354.1E (Navy Equal Opportunity Policy) define sexual harrassment as 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:
This definition emphasizes that workplace conduct, to be actionable as "abusive work environment" harassment, need not result in concrete psychological harm to the victim, but rather need only be so severe or pervasive that a reasonable person would perceive, and the victim does perceive, the work environment as hostile or offensive. ("Workplace" is an expansive term for Sailors and may include conduct on and off duty, 24 hours a day). Any person in a supervisory or command position who uses or condones any form of sexual behavior to control, influence, or affect the career, pay, or job of a Sailor or civilian employee is engaging in sexual harassment. Similarly, any Sailor or civilian employee who makes deliberate or repeated unwelcome verbal comments, gestures, or physical contact of a sexual nature in the workplace is also engaging in sexual harassment.
The preferred method of filing a complaint is by submitting a NAVPERS 5354/2, Navy Sexual Harrassment (SH) Formal Complaint Form. Action that commanders are required to take upon receiving a sexual harrassment complaint (10 USC 1561) include:
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