Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment at the workplace is a very serious and delicate issue.  If you are being harassed at your job, you may be afraid to do or say anything for fear that the situation may escalate.

If you are being sexually harassed at work, it is important that you learn about your rights and contact an attorney to help you stand up against unlawful behavior.

WHAT IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT?

In general, there are two types of sexual harassment at the workplace:

  1. You are required to submit to sexual conduct to receive employment benefits (lawyers call this “Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment”); or
  2. You are in a hostile work environment that is created due to unwelcome sexual conduct (lawyers call this “Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment”).

Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment is generally different than Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment in that Quid Pro Quo involves cases based on threats that are carried out.  Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment usually involves attention or sexual remarks that are “sufficiently severe or pervasive” to create a hostile environment.

Examples of Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment can include:

  • Sexual propositions;
  • Unwarranted graphic discussion of sexual acts; and
  • Commentary on the employee’s body and how it can be used in sexual way.

There are many more examples of sexual harassment.  If you believe that you are being sexually harassed at work, contact Abogato to see how we can help.

CAN MEN BE VICTIMS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT?

Yes, men can also be victims of sexual harassment and are protected under the law.

DOES SEXUAL HARASSMENT HAVE TO COME FROM A MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITE SEX?

No. A man can be a victim of sexual harassment by another man and a woman can be the victim of sexual harassment by another woman.

DOES SEXUAL HARASSMENT HAVE TO COME FROM A SUPERVISOR?

Your employer can be liable for sexual harassment that comes from a supervisor.  Your employer can also be liable for sexual harassment that comes from a co-worker, customer or client, or other person at the workplace if your employer knew about it and did nothing to correct the inappropriate action.

I BELIEVE THAT I AM BEING SEXUALLY HARASSED AT WORK BUT AM AFRAID TO REPORT IT

Being a victim of sexual harassment is difficult and emotional.  It is important to speak with a lawyer about your situation so that you can get legal help.  Generally, your discussion with a lawyer will be confidential.  If you believe that you are a victim of sexual harassment, call Abogato and see how we can help.

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