Sexual harassment is defined by Montana 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 Montana Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, employers in Bozeman 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).
Montana and federal laws formed agencies that process claims involving sexual harassment. They have the authority to investigate Bozeman workplaces regarding the conduct alleged in the complaints that have been filed with them. These laws also prohibit employers from firing employees or taking any retaliatory action against workers who have complained of sexual harassment.
How can a Montana 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 Bozeman lawyer can be the surest way to file your sexual harassment claim within the deadlines specified by the state of Montana.