Sexual harassment is one type of harassment an individual can face in the workplace. Like other types of workplace harassment, sexual harassment can have a severely negative impact on the victim’s ability to perform his or her job duties.
An individual of any gender can sexually harass an individual of any other gender. It can also occur between individuals of the same gender.
Sexual harassment in the workplace can be divided into two broad categories: quid pro quo sexual harassment and sexual harassment that creates a hostile work environment.
Quid pro quo, Latin for “this for that,” sexual harassment requires a power imbalance between the perpetrator and the victim. It is the exchange of favorable treatment for sexual activity.
Examples of quid pro quo sexual harassment include:
Sexual harassment that does not involve an exchange, but otherwise creates an abusive or intimidating workplace culture is known as hostile work environment sexual harassment.
Examples of this include:
When you face sexual harassment at work, you have the right to report it to your supervisor and to Human Resources. Your company has the responsibility to put a stop to any sexual harassment that occurs at the workplace. If your employer has a reporting protocol in place, follow it and support your report with any evidence you have that shows who harassed you, the nature of the harassment, and the dates and times of the incidents you faced.
If your company cannot resolve the issue, you have the right to file a sexual harassment claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Following an investigation of your claim, the EEOC may facilitate a settlement between you and the company or provide you with the groundwork to file a sexual harassment lawsuit. Working with an experienced employment lawyer will strengthen your case, increasing your chance of recovering compensation for your damages.
If you faced any type of sexual harassment and work and suffered financial damages as a result, you have the right to pursue monetary compensation for your damages with an experienced sexual harassment lawyer. To learn more and start working on your case, contact our team at Marshall Forman & Schlein LLC today to schedule your initial consultation with us.
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