Sexual Harassment Lawyer
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are two main types of unlawful harassment in the workplace: Quid Pro Quo Harassment (or “this for that”), and Hostile Work Environment Harassment. Sexual harassment could be either or both. If you are being sexually harassed at work, contact one of our lawyers today for a free consultation.
What Is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is outlawed by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because it is a form of discrimination, as explained by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The agency defines sexual harassment as “[u]nwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.” Our lawyers are looking at any claim involving extreme sexual harassment or sexual assault.
It is important to note that harassment is a violation of the law only when the conduct is unwelcome AND violates the employee’s protected status.
What Does Harassment Look Like?
Harassment can take the form of conduct that directly affects the way the employee is treated. This is known as disparate treatment discrimination, such as when an employer treats a worker unfavorably due to characteristics like race, gender, nationality, etc. Harassment also can also manifest in policies or procedures that put a worker at a disadvantage. This is called disparate impact discrimination, for example when an employer’s policies or procedures appear to be treating everyone equally, but instead, affect certain categories of people unfairly.
Hostile Work Environment harassment can involve any type of unwelcome conduct perpetrated by a supervisor or anyone else in the workplace with whom the employee is forced to interact regularly. This may include co-workers, customers and contractors. This type of harassment ranges from using language that makes the employee uncomfortable or that is demeaning, using crude gestures, unnecessary touching, sabotaging the employee’s work, or even physical violence against the employee.
Contact A Sexual Harassment Lawyer
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