As noted in today’s headlines, sexual harassment is widespread in the workplace. Actionable sexual harassment ranges from offensive sexual innuendos to unwanted sexual advances to threats and sexual assault.
If you feel you have been or are being harassed, contact the Spencer Scott lawyers. There are federal and state laws that prohibit sexual harassment. We can help you reclaim the dignity at work that you deserve whether you were terminated because of the harassment or you are still having to endure it. Fill out the contact form below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for fastest response, or call today at 877-349-2403. We can go over your situation for no charge and explain the next steps.
12 examples of conduct that may be sexual harassment:
Comments about your body, your clothing or personal behavior
Repeatedly asking you out or requesting sexual favors
Telling rumors about your personal or sexual life
Sexual or sex-based jokes, depending on the severity
Physical conduct – rape or assault, impeding or blocking your movement, inappropriate touching of your body or clothing, kissing, hugging, patting, tickling or brushing against you
Looking up and down your body
Derogatory gestures or facial expressions of a sexual nature; sexually suggestive sounds or motions
Following or stalking you
Drawings, pictures, texts or emails of a sexual nature
Direct or indirect threats or bribes for unwanted sexual activity
Using the explicit or implicit threat of termination, reduced hours, less desirable work assignments or other punitive measures to put pressure on the employee to have a romantic relationship or sexual relations
Using benefits or incentives – such as promotions, pay raises or a more desirable shift or assignment – offered in exchange for sexual or romantic favors
What to do when you are sexually harassed:
Say no. Direct communication, whether verbal or in writing, is better than ignoring the behavior. You must make sure the harasser knows that you consider his or her conduct to be unwelcome. Don’t flirt back. Firmly refuse all invitations for dates or personal interaction outside of work.
Report harassment to your employer. It is very important that you report the harassment because your employer must know or have reason to know about the harassment in order to be legally responsible for a co-worker, client or customer’s sexually harassing conduct. If we are retained early enough, we can sometimes convince your employer to intervene on your behalf. The harasser may be fired or relocated or, if you desire, you may be moved to a different location.
Write it down and keep records. As soon as you experience the harassment, start writing down exactly what happened. Write down the dates, places, times, witnesses and exactly what happened. Keep copies of your performance evaluations and any emails or letters documenting the quality of your work.
Negotiate an exit. If you simply wish to get out and be made whole financially, we can often negotiate an exit package that preserves your reputation and your ability to get a new job. We can insure that confidentiality issues are properly addressed.
Harassment lawsuits. If your employer is unwilling to negotiate an out-of-court settlement, we can represent you with the EEOC or state equivalent agency and with a lawsuit.