Victims of sexual harassment face many uncomfortable and burdensome challenges that may have long-term serious effects on both physical and mental well-being. Sexual harassment is characterized by the making of inappropriate physical advances or sexual remarks that are unwelcome to an individual or a group of people. It can occur in a place of work, professional or social setting. It is classified as a form of gender discrimination and can include but is not limited to:
➊ Unwanted Touching
➋ Unwelcome verbal or written sexual comments
➌ Requests for sexual acts or sexual favors
➍ Submission to sexual advances that are made a condition of employment (Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment)
➎ Unwanted gifts or items of a sexual or romantic nature
➏ Sexual innuendos or jokes
➐ Threatening verbal or physical behavior in demand for sexual favors
➑ Forced physical sexual acts (e.g., rape)
It is illegal to harass an employee or applicant because of that person’s sex. Although incidents of a non-serious nature, simple teasing, and isolated occurrences are not unlawful, sexual harassment is illegal when it interferes with an employee’s, supervisor’s, or client’s ability to work. It is also unlawful when acts of sexual harassment result in adverse employment decisions (firing or demoting employees) or create an unsafe or offensive hostile work environment. Both victim and the harasser can be of any sex or gender and the victim and harasser can be of the same sex.
If you or someone you know has witnessed or experienced sexual harassment in their workplace, we may be able to help. Knowing your rights is crucial and we are here to guide you through every step of the way. Additionally, national hotlines are available to help comfort victims, survivors, and support networks with local resources.
The above is intended as a general guide to better understand potential claims against employers with respect to sexual harassment. Your claims may be time sensitive and we encourage you to complete our free case evaluation request to increase the chance of meeting deadlines for filing your claim. Employment attorneys at Spielberger Law Group are passionate about employment law and are true advocates of employees whose rights have been violated.
Once you’ve completed our free case evaluation form, an employment lawyer licensed to practice employment law in your state will review your statements and you will be contacted by our firm after determining whether you have claims to pursue. Do not miss your opportunity to bring justice to your workplace, contact us today for the chance to receive the best recovery possible.