Hawaii law defines sexual harassment as any unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, whether they are verbal advances or physical acts. Employers are most frequently involved in the following forms of sexual harassment acts: demanding sexual favors in exchange for promotions, creating a sexually offensive work environment, and making sexual advances.
How does Hawaii Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, employers who are located in Kihei can be required to formulate and visibly post company policies regulating sexual conduct. The policies should at least include: contact information for the reporting of sexual harassment incidents, an outline of policies to be followed in filing a claim, and the remedies available when a claim successfully proven.
There are also federal and Hawaii laws that have established agencies to handle sexual harassment claims. These agencies have authority to investigate a Kihei workplace for the sexual harassment conduct that is alleged in the complaints they receive. Such laws also make it illegal for employers to dismiss an employee for filing a harassment claim or to take any other action based on retaliation against the employee.
How can a Hawaii attorney help?
A claim for sexual harassment may be difficult to investigate and establish without the proper expertise in the relevant areas of law. It's fairly common for federal officials who investigate these issues to be overworked. Thus, hiring a Kihei lawyer can be the surest way to file your sexual harassment claim within the deadlines specified by the state of Hawaii.