Sexual Harassment at Work: What to Do

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April 28, 2024

Sexual harassment is in the workplace an unfortunate reality that many face. It can severely impact a person’s well-being, job performance, and overall workplace morale. At Olivier & Schreiber LLP, we are committed to helping those who have experienced this form of misconduct understand their rights and what steps they can take to address it.

Understanding Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile work environment. It can take multiple forms, including unwanted sexual comments or jokes, inappropriate touching or gestures, displaying sexually explicit materials, and many more.

The Importance of Prevention and Reporting

Preventing and reporting sexual harassment is crucial as it can have a serious impact on the victim’s well-being and job performance. Moreover, it is illegal and can result in legal consequences for the perpetrator and the employer if not addressed appropriately.

Employee Rights and Employer Responsibilities

Employees have the right to work in an environment free from sexual harassment. They have the right to report incidents of sexual harassment without fear of retaliation and to have their complaints taken seriously and investigated promptly. On the other hand, employers have a responsibility to create a safe work environment. This includes implementing policies and procedures that help prevent sexual harassment, providing training to employees, promptly addressing complaints, and taking appropriate disciplinary action against perpetrators.

Recourse for Individuals

Employees who experience sexual harassment have several recourse options. They can report the harassment to their supervisor or human resources department. They may also choose to file a formal complaint with a government agency, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or consult with an attorney to explore legal options.

Actionable Steps to Take

If you experience sexual harassment, it is important to document incidents, gather evidence such as emails or witness statements, seek support from trusted colleagues or friends, and familiarize yourself with your company’s policies and reporting procedures.

Legal Implications

There can be legal implications for both the perpetrator and the employer in cases of sexual harassment. Perpetrators may face civil lawsuits, criminal charges, or disciplinary action from their employer. Employers may be held responsible for the actions of employees and may face legal consequences if they fail to address complaints or create a hostile work environment.

Contact Us For Help

Sexual harassment can have detrimental effects on employees and workplaces. It is crucial to take any form of sexual harassment seriously. If you or anyone you know is experiencing such misconduct, we encourage you to seek legal counsel. At Olivier & Schreiber LLP, our award-winning attorneys are committed to advancing the rights of employees and have recovered millions for our clients. Contact us for a confidential consultation, and let us help you navigate this difficult situation.




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