Understanding Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a terrible and devastating reality and workplaces across the United States. Although much has been done to educate modern American employees and employers about sexual harassment, it continues to plague a variety of different work environments and industries. Sexual harassment can be conducted in many different ways adding to the ignorance associated with this heinous act.

Any unwelcome sexual advances were conduct which can be deemed as sexual in nature that manages to interfere with the performance or ability to perform one's job at the job and or creates a level of hostility or intimidation or even a fence at work can be considered as workplace sexual harassment.

Types of sexual harassment at work can include any of the following:

  • When an employee is forced to endure any sexual behavior that makes them feel threatened or uncomfortable it is an illegal form of sexual harassment.
  • Quid pro quo refers to any situation in which the employee is forced to perform sexual favors in exchange for keeping their job, attaining a raise, or getting a raise. This is also a very illegal form of sexual harassment.

If you believe that you have been the victim of sexual harassment at work, it is very important that you come forward and blow the whistle on the offender. Understandably you may be feeling intimidated to do this if the perpetrator of the sexual harassment is your superior. However, you can always go to a boss or superior above that individual. Additionally, it is important that you seek the counsel of an experienced employment attorney. An employment attorney will be able to advise you about your rights, review the circumstances of your claim, and advise you as to how you can best protect yourself and your rights moving forward. And attorney will also help you to identify any damages that you have suffered and advise you on how to seek reimbursement for those damages. In some cases it may mean being able to be reinstated at your place of employment, or it could be suing your employer for their negligence or part in the harassment and getting you a monetary some for what you have endured.

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