Sexual harassment remains a prevailing problem in the American workplace. If you are wondering what constitutes sexual harassment, consider the following questions:
If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, you are a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace. Since most people spend a better part of their day at work, they develop feelings of likeness toward other employees that may lead to inappropriate behavior. However, it is extremely important to discourage and stop this behavior and report it immediately.
A majority of companies have strict harassment policies in place and such cases are generally handled by the management. However, sometimes, when a person of power is involved, management ignores an appeal for serious action against such conduct. In such a case, you may turn to the legal system for help.
Laws Protecting Employees from Sexual Harassment at the Workplace
Under federal and state laws, sexual harassment is prohibited in the workplace, whether it is done physically or verbally against a man or woman. Victims can file complaints with concerned government agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). Several kinds of laws protect employees from sexual harassment in the workplace, such as:
Filing a claim and proving the allegations against the harasser can be difficult, especially when they are backed by a team of lawyers. It is best that you work with an experienced and reliable employment law attorney who can aggressively represent your case to protect your rights and interests. Please contact our office today at 415-835-6777 to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case. The consultation is confidential and you have no obligation to retain us.