It can be hard to tell when a work environment has crossed the line from simply difficult to openly hostile. Many workers don’t know what qualifies as a hostile work environment, and as a result, they might not report harassment or other inappropriate behavior.
Proving sexual harassment in the workplace can be exceptionally difficult. When confronted, virtually all harassers claim that harassment never occurred or that their words or actions were taken out of context. Few, if any, people readily admit that they have engaged in harassing behavior.