Sexual Harassment


Sexual harassment

Every worker, whether female or male, has the right to be free of sexual harassment by employers and fellow employees in the workplace.

These behaviors include unwelcome comments or conduct based on sex, race or other legally protected characteristics, leering, making offensive remarks about appearance, inappropriate touching, telling lewd or sexual jokes in person or though emails and other communications. These behaviors toward an employee must also then have an adverse effect on the employees work performance or they must create an intimidating or offensive work environment.

Sometimes a person who witnesses this treatment of another employee can be adversely affected by the conduct, and consider the workplace a hostile environment.

There are also several non-sexual actions which may result in hostile environment harassment. Some of these include use of racially derogatory communications, making disparaging remarks about an individual’s gender other than sexual in nature, negatively commenting on religious or lack of religious beliefs, derogatory comments regarding age or an employees mental or physical impairment.

Sometimes a situation at work will seem unfair or even intolerable. When it does, it is best not to suffer in silence. Let your supervisor know that there is a problem, or if appropriate, consult with human resources. Employers are required to take appropriate steps to prevent and correct unlawful harassment. Employees are responsible for reporting harassment when it first occurs to prevent its escalation.

If you believe the situation warrants the need for an attorney, having a written record of bringing the situation to the attention of your employer can show your desire for a positive working environment, and your employer’s response to correct the situation, if any.

Attorneys trust DANIELS LAW with their difficult sexual harassment cases.  Shouldn’t you trust us, too?