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Sexual harassment in the workplace is a terrible reality of many hard-working Americans face every day. Sexual harassment can have many long-lasting effects on its victims that expand way beyond the confines of the workplace.

Sexual harassment is essentially a type of sexual discrimination which violates a worker’s rights. It can be very generally described as unwelcome or uninvited sexual advances, sexual jokes or even requests for sexual favors from another employee or the actual employer. Sexual harassment is a major violation which is protected under title eight of the federal law. In cases where the employer, boss, or manager is the perpetrator of the sexual harassment, there are threats of the victim losing wages, hours of work, or even their job entirely. This is not only a violation of the employees’ rights it is a major crime.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects all American citizens from being subjected to sexual harassment at work. It is never okay for another employee or your employer to make you feel uncomfortable at work with lewd comments, overtly sexual behavior, or offensive sexual advances.

Often victims of sexual harassment fear retaliation for speaking up about the discrimination. If the harassment is at the hands of the boss, the victim may fear losing their job or benefits as punishment for speaking up. However, federal rights prohibit this from happening.

If you have been discriminated against sexually at work, it is extremely important that you stand up for your rights. This may mean speaking with your boss or a higher level of management to inform them about what behaviors have been making you feel uncomfortable at work. Or, it may mean that you need to speak with an employment attorney.

In many cases, when facing sexual harassment at work it can be very intimidating to bring up the subject in the workplace with your employer. Speaking with an experienced and professional employment attorney is a valuable way to understand what your rights are and what you can do to protect your self from further workplace discrimination. You owe it to yourself and any other potential victims of the perpetrator’s discrimination to speak up about the sexual harassment that has been directed towards you.