Sexual harassment is defined under New Mexico law as unwelcome conduct that is of a sexual nature, which includes both verbal and physical actions. Some types of sexual harassment that are most commonly committed by an employer include exchanging favoritism for sexual favors, the creation of a hostile work environment of a sexual nature, and sexual advances.
How does New Mexico Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, Artesia 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. Company polices might include such matters as contact information to be used in reporting sexual harassment, filing procedures, and remedial measures in the event that a claim is proven to be true.
Additionally, federal and New Mexico laws create specific agencies which are responsible for handling sexual harassment cases. The agencies are given authority to investigate workplaces in Artesia to determine if the incidents alleged in the complaints they receive 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 New Mexico attorney help?
Without expertise in the applicable laws, both investigating and showing a sexual harassment claim can be difficult. It's fairly common for federal officials who investigate these matters to be overworked. Because of this, working with an Artesia attorney might be the best way to make sure that your claim is processed in a timely manner.