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, Hazard employers can be required to implement 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).
There are also agencies which are created by federal and Kentucky law for the specific purpose of handling sexual harassment cases. Such agencies have the authority to investigate work sites to determine if the complaints they receive in Hazard are true. Employers are also prohibited under these laws from taking action in retaliation against an employee who has claimed sexual harassment, such as firing them or denying them a promotion.
How can a Kentucky attorney help?
Investigating and establishing a sexual harassment claim might be difficult without consulting someone with expertise in the relevant laws. Federal investigators are often very overworked. Because of this, working with a Hazard attorney might be the best way to make sure that your claim is processed in a timely manner.