Sexual harassment is defined under North Dakota law as unwelcome conduct that is of a sexual nature, which includes both verbal and physical actions. 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 North Dakota Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, Jamestown 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).
Additionally, federal and North Dakota laws create specific agencies which are responsible for handling sexual harassment cases. The agencies are given authority to investigate workplaces in Jamestown to determine if the incidents alleged in the complaints they receive are true. Additionally, these laws prohibit employers from firing an employee for alleging sexual harassment or taking any action in retaliation to a claim.
How can a North Dakota attorney help?
If you do not have any expertise in the applicable laws, it may be difficult to investigate and establish a claim involving sexual harassment. It's fairly common for federal officials who investigate these matters to be overworked. Therefore, hiring an attorney in Jamestown can be the safest way to file your claim within the deadlines for sexual harassment claims that North Dakota has defined.