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Happy Valentine’s Day: Employers Worry About Sexual Emoji Harassment

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run Reason

Employers may frown on male employees sending unsolicited flowers or candy to specific female co-workers. But what about inappropriate emojis?

“This year…many employers are focusing on the ever-evolving ways employees communicate with one another, including through the use of emojis in text messages and other electronic communications,” Kelly Hughes reports in a National Law Review article about the steps employers should take to avoid “a new Valentine’s Day conundrum.”

Emojis’ meanings, Hughes writes,

have become so complicated that there is an emoji encyclopedia to help the less savvy decipher the symbols. Similarly, with the cultural move toward a broader view of sexual harassment, emojis that have been viewed as generally innocuous may gain newer and more inappropriate connotations, thus opening the door for allegations of sexual harassment. For example, a wink face following a joke could be perceived as a proposition, a tongue out face could be interpreted

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