Numerous high-profile sexual harassment cases in the news are shining light on an important and widespread issue.
When it comes to sexual harassment both in and out of the workplace, it can be difficult for victims to speak out. Many never do.
Additionally, employees have many questions about identifying sexual harassment in the workplace – what is and what isn’t sexual harassment? – and what steps to take when it happens.
Two types of workplace sexual harassment
Did you know that there are two types of workplace sexual harassment? Understanding the difference can help you identify these types of behaviors at work:
- Quid pro quo sexual harassment: This type of sexual harassment involves a proposed exchange between the aggressor and the victim. For example, promising a raise or a promotion in exchange for sexual favors – or threatening to fire the victim if he or she does not comply.
- Hostile work environment sexual harassment: This type of harassment involves initiating offensive conduct that is sexual in nature. Some examples may include: Making inappropriate or offensive comments to victim, touching, hugging or rubbing the back of the victim, repeatedly asking for dates or sending sexually suggestive emails or instant messages.
Remember: Both types of sexual harassment at work are illegal. If you have reported the conduct and your employer is not taking appropriate steps to stop it, you should consider talking to an employment law attorney.
Every person deserves to work in an environment that is free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. Employees are protected by the law.
Free consultation: Contact Bononi Law Group, LLP, at 213-550-5503 to schedule a time to meet with an employment law attorney.