When you go to work, the last thing you want is to be sexually harassed. You go to work either to support yourself, your family or both. Being harassed in any fashion threatens your livelihood. If it is happening to you, you should be aware that there are laws that say you have a right to work in a safe environment free from sexual harassment or coercement.
Sexual harassment in the workplace can occur in different forms. Making offensive remarks about one’s sex, making unwanted sexual advances, inappropriate touching, asking for sexual favors, or making threats of retaliation when sexual advances are not responded to positively are all examples of what might be considered sexual harassment. “Implications” of any of the above can be just as bad if they are frequent enough to make you uncomfortable.
The laws provide protection for employees stating that “it is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Whether male or female, it is illegal. The law may not consider a simple remark or two, or an isolated incident serious, but if the remarks or advances are frequent or outright, and cause your work environment to be hostile and offensive, you can, and should, file a sexual harassment charge.
You should also file a harassment claim if you have been fired, demoted or retaliated against for not providing sexual favors, for not cooperating with sexual advances or for reporting sexual misconduct. Retaliation is not always being fired or demoted; it may include being passed over for a promotion or a salary increase. Applicants for a position also cannot be discriminated against for refusing sexual favors in lieu of a job.
If you have or are currently being sexually harassed in the workplace by a supervisor, manager, co-worker, or even a client or customer, you do not have to put up with it. We can help you make it stop. If you have lost your job, been discriminated against, lost wages, or suffered emotional distress from sexual harassment, we can help you obtain compensatory damages to recover from your losses. Punitive damages are also sometimes awarded in sexual harassment cases to discourage defendants from continuing the inappropriate behavior.