Dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual harassment is a demeaning experience. In the workplace, it is also illegal.

Both men and women can be victims of sexual harassment. If you think you are a victim of sexual harassment, you should report the behavior to your employer. You should also contact an employment law attorney.

What is sexual harassment?

Not all behavior you find offense may be considered illegal sexual harassment. For example, a coworker who asks you out on a date even though you are married may be rude and inappropriate. However, the behavior may not be considered sexual harassment unless it continues despite your objections.

Here are examples of behavior that may be considered employment sexual harassment:

  • Making repeated comments about your appearance or body
  • Offensive touching, such as such as repeatedly brushing against you when passing your chair
  • Making repeated comments about your sexual orientation
  • Making lewd gestures
  • Displaying images of a sexual nature on walls
  • Sending offensive emails
  • Making repeated advances toward you
  • Offering a job benefit such as a promotion in exchange for sex

The distinction between what is and is not sexual harassment can be subtle, and only an experienced employment law attorney can advise you if you have a case against your employer.

If you have suffered sexual harassment in the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation. You may also be entitled to compensation if your employer retaliates against you for raising a sexual harassment claim or for supporting the claim of a coworker.

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