Unfortunately, unlawful sexual harassment can occur in many different situations. Most often, we see it at work.
Typically, sexual harassment takes place when an employer, supervisor, client or co-worker elicits sexual favors or makes sexual advances in exchange for employment benefits. Another example is when an employer, supervisor, client or co-worker uses sexual advances to create a hostile work environment.
Sexual harassment can also be found when an employer, supervisor, client or co-worker engages in sexual misconduct that affects a person’s work performance or employment status. Sexual harassment can include sexual gestures, sexual advances, inappropriate jokes or comments, sexual images, unwanted touching, or assault.
Harassment does not always include things are are sexual in nature, it can also include making comments about a person’s sex that are offensive. It is illegal to harass a woman or a man by making offensive comments about women or men in general.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) states “harassment becomes unlawful where 1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or 2) the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive.”
When determining whether the conduct rises to the level of illegal, the EEOC outlines that “the conduct must create a work environment that would be intimidating, hostile, or offensive to reasonable people.”
If you are experiencing sexual harassment in your workplace, it should not be tolerated. Miller Law Group’s dedicated Attorneys want to fight for you. To learn more or discuss your claim with an Attorney, please call 919-348-4361 or contact us online.