Sexual harassment is a type of sex discrimination, which is a violation of the 1968 Title VII Civil Rights Act. Although this Act is meant to provide protection, unfortunately, sexual harassment is a type of crime that is common in the workplace. The act of sexually harassing another individual comes in many forms of unwanted sexual advances and/or inappropriate conduct.
If you believe you or someone you love is a victim of workplace sexual harassment, it is important to learn your options. Talk to an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you file a claim and an order of protection against your aggressor. You may be entitled to compensation for any losses and damages you’ve incurred as a result of the sex discrimination. In the meantime, continue reading to learn answers to some frequently asked questions about workplace sexual aggravation.
What is Considered Sexual Harassing?
Examples of workplace sexual aggravation includes uninvited touching or massaging, sexual pestering, sexual jokes or comments, suggestive gestures, obscene letters or emails, sending or showing explicit photos, verbal or physical sexual conduct, obsessive staring, stalking, and more. It also includes bribing employees with sexual requests, or making a job conditional based on sexual requests.
What Type of Sexual Harassment Claim Do I File?
There are two primary forms of sexual harassment claims: Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment. When an employer is bribing an employee with their job, an assignment, a promotion, or other form of employment advance, or making their employment conditional, in exchange for sexual favors or requests, it is Quid Pro Quo sexual aggravation. When the workplace is too intimidating of offensive as a result of sex discrimination, it is Hostile Work Environment sexual aggravation.
Is One Incident of Sexual Harassment Enough to File a Claim?
In most cases, yes, but it still depends. In the event of Quid Pro Quo sexual aggravation in which an employee’s occupation is conditional on sexual requests by a superior, one time is generally enough to make a case. This means if an interviewee or employee faces denial of employment or promotion upon refusing sexual requests from a superior, they could have a solid case. If an employee experiences one instance of sexual aggravation in the workplace, and the aggravation was not severe, it could be more difficult to label it as a hostile work environment unless more circumstances of the pestering occur.
Can I Get Fired or Reprimanded for Complaining About Sexual Harassment?
Absolutely not. The 1968 Title VII Civil Rights Act protects all employees from this type of discrimination. If you are threatened with your job for coming clean about being sexually pestered, contact a personal injury lawyer right away to learn your rights and protect your job.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Sexual Aggravation Claim?
If you wish to file a claim for workplace sex discrimination, you will need to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer. They have the knowledge, skills, and resources to properly file your claim, investigate your case, and recover the full and fair compensation you deserve after suffering losses and damages as a result of the misconduct. Without a licensed attorney, it would be very challenging representing and protecting yourself.