Sexual Harassment In The Workplace Is Illegal
Unwanted sexual conduct is not allowed in the workplace under state and federal discrimination and harassment laws. Everyone, from small-business owners and corporate executives to hourly minimum wage workers, is expected to follow the law in the workplace. Prohibited work harassment behavior can be physical, verbal or visual, including:
- Unwanted sexual advances, touching, messages
- Requests for sexual favors
- Inappropriate sexual comments, teasing or jokes
- Inappropriate sexual references or displaying porn
- Any sexual behavior creating a hostile or intimidating work environment
- Verbal or physical bullying due to someone’s gender
If there is some kind of expectation by the perpetrator that keeping one’s job depends on tolerating these harassing actions, this is considered sexual harassment.
You may file a sexual harassment claim if your boss based a decision about a raise, promotion or demotion on whether or not you tolerated sexual harassment in the workplace.
Sexual Harassment Policies Need To Be Clear
Your place of work should have a clearly written policy expressing no tolerance of sexual harassment. The policy should outline exactly what behaviors are not tolerated in the workplace, along with a method of reporting when sexual harassment is experienced or witnessed on the job.
Employees need to know how to report the harassment as well as to whom, other than an immediate supervisor.
If a report of sexual harassment is made, your employer needs to conduct a thorough investigation right away.
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