According to Kentucky law, sexual harassment is defined as the unwanted conduct which is of a sexual nature, and includes both verbal advances and physical acts The types of sexual harassment that are most common when done by an employer are sexual advances, the exchange of workplace favoritism for sexual favors, and the creation of a hostile work environment that is overly sexual.
How does Kentucky Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, Fayette County employers can be required to establish company policies that specifically address sexual harassment in the workplace. These must be posted in a visible area such as a break room. Matters covered by such policies should include contact information used by employees to report incidents, handling procedures for claims, and corrective measures (in the event that a claim turns out to be true).
Additionally, federal and Kentucky laws create specific agencies which are responsible for handling sexual harassment cases. The agencies are given authority to investigate workplaces in Fayette County to determine if the incidents alleged in the complaints they receive are true. Additionally, under these laws, employers may not fire or retaliate against any employee who has alleged sexual harassment in a claim.
How can a Kentucky attorney help?
A claim for sexual harassment may be difficult to investigate and establish without the proper expertise in the relevant areas of law. The federal officers who investigate claims of sexual harassment are, unfortunately, often too busy to give much attention to any one claim. Therefore, hiring an attorney in Fayette County can be the safest way to file your claim within the deadlines for sexual harassment claims that Kentucky has defined.