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Unfortunately, sexual harassment happens in the workplace every day. It usually occurs in the form of unwanted verbal or physical conduct based on gender. It is important to note that sexual harassment victims can be of any gender, and those who perform sexually harassing behaviors can be of any gender.
Sexual harassment does not have to be explicitly sexual, however. Sexual harassment in the workplace can be offensive harassment based on a person’s gender.
In the workplace, terms of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
- An employer requesting sexual favors or unwanted sexual advances in exchange for promotions or job benefits, either express or implicit
- Denying a sexual advance or sexual request that results in a detriment to the employee’s position or job opportunities
- The sexual harassment negatively affects the employee’s job performance or ability to complete tasks and carry out essential job functions and responsibilities
There are many other ways that sexual harassment can present in the workplace, so it is important to contact a sexual harassment lawyer if you believed that you are experiencing sexual harassment. An attorney will be able to help you determine your next steps and gather evidence and documentation to support your claims. Additionally, they can be by your side if you decide to move forward with a sexual harassment lawsuit.
Documenting sexual harassment in the workplace is a very important step to take if you believe you are being harassed at work, either by managers, supervisors, or by fellow coworkers. Writing down the time, location, date, and what occurred will aid you and your sexual harassment lawyer in building a case. Furthermore, it is critical that you report sexual harassment to the appropriate human resources personnel so that the company can take action against the harasser, as sexual harassment in the workplace should be treated with a zero-tolerance policy.
Remember that your rights as an employee are protected under a myriad of federal and state laws and regulations that prohibit employers from taking action against you if you bring forward a sexual harassment claim. All too often are employees let go or terminated from their positions because they may “rock the boat” by bringing forward these claims. It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against employees for making sexual harassment claims, and it is important that you have a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer to help protect your rights in the workplace when you experience this pervasive and unwelcoming conduct and behavior.
Having a lawyer is imperative to helping you build your case against the harasser and the company should they choose to take no action to respond to your claims. Not only will a lawyer help you determine if you are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, but they will also guide you through the subsequent legal processes necessary to resolve these issues.
Contact Our Columbus Sexual Harassment Attorneys
If you or someone you know has a sexual harassment case, contact Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP. Our attorneys can assist you and sort the specifics of your case.