You Are Legally Protected Against Sexual Harassment
You do not have to accept unwanted sexual advances or unwelcome sexual conduct at your job. Sexual discussions, intimate touching, bulletin board posts, emails and sexual jokes are all sexual harassment.
Harassment is a problem that affects both men and women, and it creates a hostile work environment. The harassment can happen in the office or at off-site company events. If you are experiencing sexual harassment at work, regardless if it is from a co-worker, a boss or a client, call Bennett & Ellison, P.C., to discuss your options.
The Federal Government Recognizes Two Types Of Sexual Harassment
There are two types of sexual harassment recognized by the federal government:
- Quid Pro Quo: These are situations in which your superior(s) or other employee asks you for sexual favors in exchange for hiring, firing or job promotions.
- Hostile work environments: These are situations in which an employee is subjected to intimidating or hostile behavior based on sex, or experiences unwanted sexual conduct that interferes with work performance.
Your employer is required to maintain a harassment-free workplace. You have the right to feel safe at work. Your employer can be liable if sexual harassment happened to you on the job. They should have policies in place, including reporting, prevention and investigation, that work to prevent harassment in the workplace.
What Can You Do If You Were Sexually Harassed At Work?
There are several procedures you should follow if you are harassed. They include:
- Tell the offender that their actions are offensive.
- Follow your employer’s sexual harassment policy.
- Get a copy of your work record. This can help prove your work is affected.
- Put your complaint in writing and take notes that detail the harassment (time, date, what happened and witnesses).
- Tell your supervisor or human resources department.
- Report the incident to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. You have 180 days from the date of the incident to file.
- Call a sexual harassment attorney.
If you file a complaint, your employer cannot legally retaliate against you. The attorneys of Bennett & Ellison, P.C., will work tirelessly to make sure you are protected and feel safe.