Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Experienced Hamburg Employment Lawyers Protecting Workers From Sexual Harassment

In the following educational legal video, dedicated Hamburg employment harassment lawyer Andrew P. Fleming explains your rights if you are the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Sexual harassment occurs in the workplace, and people contact us. Sometimes, I have conversations with people who are literally victims of sexual harassment in the at that time, and they’re wondering what to do about it. 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 himself were doing it. If the offending party is a co-worker the case is treated a little bit differently. In other words, the employer gets a little larger slice of the apple; they get a little bit more of a second bite, so to speak.

If harassment is currently happening in the workplace, I often say to people, “Either you need to leave there because you could be negatively affected by it mentally. Otherwise, you need to complain about it to someone.” Perhaps your complaint should come through a lawyer. You might come see a guy like me, and I would send a note or letter to the employer on your behalf, saying, “I’m representing Mrs. Smith. Mrs. Smith is subject to illegal sexual innuendo and inappropriate sexual conduct in the workplace.”

Most employers have a sexual, racial, or general harassment policy, and it is important that you comply with that policy because the employer has the right to claim a defense and say, “We didn’t know Sally was being mistreated down in shipping because Sally didn’t bring it to our attention.” If the issue hasn’t been brought to the attention of the employer, that employer often gets off the hook, even though you’ve been subjected to negative racial, religious, or sexual harassment.

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There are legal protections for victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. There are also actions victims can take, with the help of an attorney, to pursue justice, compensation, and security. The experienced Hamburg sexual harassment lawyers at Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP have extensive experience in aggressively representing the rights of employees in all kinds of workplace disputes. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Let our experience work for you.


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