A workplace should be a safe space in which all employees can contribute to the good of their company, but workplace harassment is an all too regular and unfortunate event that can arise. Sexual harassment, which tends to be perpetrated by men against women but is not restricted to this paradigm, is no laughing matter, and those affected by this harassment may feel so unsafe that they are unable to continue working for their employers. Combatting and ending sexual harassment at work is beneficial for both the victim and the company overall, and if you feel that you have been sexually harassed, listen to attorney Andrew P. Fleming’s advice below on how to file a claim.
What’s Important To Know About Sexual Harassment at Work?
Under current laws, co-worker sexual harassment is treated differently than sexual harassment by one’s boss. A boss is in a position to hire or fire you. A boss also has the power to change your job duties, title, and wages, and other job-related factors. Sexual harassment by a boss often binds the employer, just as if the employer him- or herself were doing it. If the offending party is a co-worker, the case is treated a little bit differently.
If harassment is currently happening in the workplace, you need either to leave there because you could be negatively affected by it mentally or to complain about it to someone, such as a lawyer.
Most employers have a sexual, racial, or general harassment policy, and it is important that you comply with that policy. The employer has the right to claim a defense and say that he or she had no knowledge about the harassment because it was not brought to the employer’s attention. If the issue has not been brought to the attention of the employer, that employer often gets off the hook even though you have been subjected to harassment.
Do you or a loved one feel you may be the victim of sexual harassment at work? Don’t wait until it gets worse, contact us immediately to understand your rights and put a stop to it.
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