Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Sexual harassment in the workplace is unlawful and violates state and in most cases federal law. If you've been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace you need to contact an employment law attorney to help you in the process of filing a complaint with State or Federal authorities.
Quid Pro Quo Sexual HarassmentQuid Pro Quo Sexual harassment is a term used to describe when an employer, usually a supervisor or someone in a superior position in the organization or an agent of the organization, makes it a condition of an employee to tolerate sexual favors and sexual advances in exchange for keeping their job, receiving promotions, receiving raises, obtaining specific work assignments, etc. If the employee refuses to perform the sexual requests and is in detriment of losing their job or loses their job or any of the other benefits mentioned above , as a result of rejection of the sexual advances, this is unlawful and is usually termed abuse of power. Although it is not usually a criminal offense, it does violate discrimination laws. The employer/company is liable and is responsible for managers, supervisors and agents of the company who perpetrate quid pro quo on victims in their organization since the company is ultimately responsible for the actions of protecting all individuals in their employment.
Unwelcome Sexual Advances and a Hostile Work EnvironmentUnwelcome sexual advances in the workplace can include sexual comments, sexual touching, showing sexual photos, telling of sexual jokes, requests for sexual favors or any other form of unwelcome sexual advances. In the workplace it can create a hostile work environment if it is frequent and the victim (employee) cannot tolerate it to the point that they quit their job. The harassment can come from a coworker, supervisor, an agent of the company or even a customer. The employer is responsible for the conduct of its employees in relation to those that are perpetrated against in this manner and it should be reported to the employer/company. The company should take immediate action to alleviate the situation and if not, they are in violation of state and federal discrimination laws. Victims of sexual advances can be male or female.