Although the average American workplace has traveled leaves and bounds from the days in which women were treated as nothing more than slave labor, sexual harassment remains a serious problem in American work environments. Whether directed towards a man or woman, sexual harassment is never appropriate or an acceptable level of behavior. It should never be tolerated. However, it is a very serious reality and the only way to combat it is head-on with education and encouragement for victims to come forth.
Sexual harassment in the workplace, which is typically directed towards female employees, is essentially defined by any unwanted sexual in the windows, jokes, or advances from one employee or employer to another. In many cases these sexual advances or comments are forced upon the victim in a quid pro quo situation. This means that the victim is incentivized to remain silent about the treatment they are facing in exchange for keeping their job or perhaps even a raise or promotion.
Sexual harassment of any nature in the workplace is not only a terrible behavior, it is in fact illegal. If you or someone you know is facing sexual-harassment either on a regular basis, or has just been the recipient of a singular incident, it is very important to come forward and speak out against the aggressor. In many cases, the victim will not feel comfortable approaching a superior for fear of some level of retaliation at their job. This is very understandable. However, the alternative option is that victims can seek the counsel of an experienced employment attorney. An attorney will be able to advise you about the circumstances of your case,and educate you about how to protect your rights moving forward. They will also be able to advise you about any rights or actions that you have available to seek compensation for any damages that you may have suffered as a result of sexual harassment in the workplace.