Sexual harassment is defined by Mississippi law as unwelcome conduct that is of a sexual nature, which includes both verbal and physical actions. The forms 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 Mississippi Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, employers in Southaven are often required to create company policies regarding sexual conduct, which must be posted and visible to employees. 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).
There are also federal and Mississippi laws that have formed agencies to handle sexual harassment claims. These agencies have authority to investigate a Southaven workplace for the sexual harassment conduct that is alleged in the complaints they receive. Employers are also barred 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 Mississippi attorney help?
It can be difficult to both investigate and establish a sexual harassment claim without having any expertise in the applicable areas of law. Federal investigators are often extremely overworked. Thus, hiring a Southaven lawyer can be the surest way to file your sexual harassment claim within the deadlines specified by the state of Mississippi.