Iowa law defines sexual harassment as any unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, whether they are verbal advances or physical acts. Prevalent examples of sexual harassment done by employers include making sexual advances, creating an overtly sexual and offensive work environment, and making demands for sexual favors as a condition to promotion.
How does Iowa Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, employers in Scott County are often required to formulate company policies regarding sexual conduct, which must be posted and visible to employees. These policies may include contact information for an employee to report sexual harassment, the process for handling such claims, and the corrective measures for when a claim is proven.
The laws of the state of Iowa and federal law have both formed agencies with the authority to investigate sexual harassment claims. These agencies conduct investigations at a given Scott County work site in order to verify if a complaint that they have received is true or not. These laws also prohibit employers from firing employees or taking any retaliatory action against workers who have complained of sexual harassment.
How can a Iowa attorney help?
Without expertise in the applicable laws, both investigating and establishing a sexual harassment claim can be difficult. It's fairly common for federal officials who investigate these issues to be overworked. Thus, hiring a Scott County lawyer can be the surest way to file your sexual harassment claim within the deadlines specified by the state of Iowa.