Sexual harassment at work is an unfortunately common phenomenon that can have serious implications for victims and employers alike. It is important to know what constitutes sexual harassment and how the law protects those who experience it as well as to note you should seek an experienced sexual harassment lawyer for guidance in your case. In this blog, we will discuss the legal definition of sexual harassment, outline your rights as a victim, and provide tips for taking action if you experience sexual harassment in the workplace.
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that either creates an intimidating or hostile work environment, interferes with work performance, or leads to employment decisions based on submission to such conduct. Examples of sexual harassment may include inappropriate touching, unwelcome propositions or advances, jokes or comments of a sexual nature, displaying sexually explicit images on screens visible to coworkers or clients, etc.
Your Rights as a Victim
If you are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, it is important to know your rights under the law. The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) prohibits employers from retaliating against those who report allegations of unlawful discrimination or retaliation. This means that any negative action taken by an employer against someone who makes such a report violates federal law. Additionally, certain state laws also protect employees from retaliation for making complaints about illegal activity in their workplace.
Take Action Against Sexual Harassment
It may be difficult to tell when something crosses the line from being uncomfortable to being legally considered “sexual harassment,” but if something feels wrong, it likely is wrong and should not be tolerated. If you experience what you believe may constitute workplace sexual harassment, there are several steps you can take. Start by speaking up; let your harasser know directly and firmly that their behavior makes you uncomfortable and must stop immediately. If direct communication does not resolve your concerns then contact HR (Human Resources) at your job and document any evidence related to the incident(s). Finally, if all else fails you should contact an experienced sexual harassment lawyer who can help protect your rights as an employee – whether through filing a lawsuit or other appropriate measures.
No one deserves to experience sexual harassment in their place of work, and everyone has the right to feel safe where they spend most of their time during their day-to-day lives – including at work! Unfortunately, many people still face this type of discrimination despite protections set forth by various laws, both federal and state-wide, so it’s important for victims to understand their rights and take steps toward seeking justice if necessary. By following these tips outlined above we hope victims will have the information they need to stand up for themselves if they ever find themselves facing such an unfortunate situation in their own lives or careers. Armed with knowledge about what constitutes sexual harassment and what legal protection exists, we hope more people will be empowered to move forward with confidence, knowing they have support available when they need it most!
The legal team at Malk Law Firm is ready to willing to assist you with your case today.