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Sexual harassment accusations require employers to investigate

Tennessee might feel a long way from the rising tide of sexual harassment accusations among Hollywood celebrities against their colleagues, but the problem permeates numerous workplaces. The social media hashtag #MeToo produced over a million accounts of sexual harassment and assault worldwide in less than one week. The stories of mostly private individuals revealed the extent of the bad behavior in all corners of society. With the problem in the public eye, more people might file complaints at work, and employers have legal obligations to investigate these allegations.

The next step after talking to HR

When Tennessee workers are harassed, their employers are supposed to make an effort to resolve the problem. However, it is possible that a human resources representative may try to pretend like a conversation with the employee never happened. While employees may believe that the HR department is there to help them, they may be neutral parties at best. In some cases, they may be on the employer's side.

How employees can address workplace harassment

Sexual harassment at work may be a problem for employers in Tennessee and throughout the country. While most people acknowledge that it exists, men may have a hard time engaging their female counterparts in a discussion about the issue. However, it is important that men and others who witness or hear about sexual harassment to talk about it. Many victims and witnesses fail to report such behavior out of fear that it could cause additional problems.

Workplace sexual harassment under Title VII

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 establishes sexual harassment as a form of workplace discrimination. It applies to companies in Tennessee and around the country with at least 15 employees. Title VII makes it illegal for employers to discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex or religion.

Gucci facing $10 million sexual harassment lawsuit

Workers in Tennessee and around the country are protected from workplace discrimination based on their race, religion, gender or national origin by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. When evidence of unfair treatment is discovered by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employees are sent a letter by the agency giving them the right to sue their employers.

Alleged rapist involves employer in hostile work environment case

The law requires employers in Tennessee to maintain workplaces that do not inflict trauma or excessive discomfort on employees. Criminal allegations against an employee represent a situation where an employer should consider how the possible criminal might affect co-workers. The case of an employer that ignored the complaints of an employee that had allegedly been raped by a co-worker could result in liability for the company. A federal appeals court has already determined that the employee's hostile work environment charge can proceed to a jury trial.

Legal aspects of workplace sexual harassment cases

Although laws have been passed to help reduce and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, some Tennessee workers still end up being harassed as they attempt to do their work. While about 90 percent of those facing sexual harassment are women, male employees can also be victims. Regardless of the employee's gender, there are some legal options available to those who face sexual harassment at work.

New report highlights issues related to sexual harassment

According to the United States Merit Systems Protection Board, fewer federal employees are reporting incidents of sexual harassment. However, Tennessee residents who work in federal jobs may still experience harassment, and around the country women are far more likely than men to be victims.

Physical therapists at risk of sexual harassment from patients

According to a survey, more than 80 percent of physical therapists said they experienced sexual harassment from their patients. These incidents of sexual harassment in Tennessee and around the country included sexual touches, indecent exposure and even sexual assault. In fact, approximately 50 percent of those who said they experienced sexual harassment said that incidents occurred within the last year.

Sexual harassment common in Silicon Valley according to study

Tennessee residents may be aware that the technology sector has been rocked by a number of workplace discrimination and sexual harassment cases. A list of alleged sexual harassers released by a dozen female venture capital partners and senior executives included some of Silicon Valley's most prominent names, and the company behind the popular ride sharing application Uber has been accused of nurturing a hostile work environment in a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former worker.

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