According to Maryland law, sexual harassment is defined as the unwanted conduct that is of a sexual nature, and includes both verbal advances and physical actions Sexual advances, creating a hostile work environment that is blatantly sexual in nature, and sexual advances are some of the more prevalent forms of sexual harassment amongst employers.
How does Maryland Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, Greenbelt employers can be required to formulate 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 successful).
Furthermore, federal and Maryland laws create specific agencies which are responsible for handling sexual harassment cases. The agencies are given authority to investigate workplaces in Greenbelt 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 Maryland attorney help?
Without expertise in the applicable laws, both investigating and establishing a sexual harassment claim can be difficult. The federal agencies that handle initial claims of sexual harassment are frequently understaffed and overworked. Thus, hiring a Greenbelt lawyer can be the surest way to file your sexual harassment claim within the deadlines specified by the state of Maryland.