Sexual harassment is defined under Ohio law as unwelcome conduct that is of a sexual nature, which includes both verbal and physical actions. Common examples of sexual harassment done by employers include making sexual advances, creating an overtly sexual and offensive work environment, and making demands for sexual favors as a condition to promotion.
How does Ohio Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, Grandview Heights employers may be required to establish company policies concerning sexual conduct and post them for employees to see. 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 Ohio laws create specific agencies which are responsible for handling sexual harassment cases. The agencies are given authority to investigate workplaces in Grandview Heights 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 Ohio attorney help?
Without expertise in the applicable laws, both investigating and proving a sexual harassment claim can be difficult. It's not uncommon for federal investigators to be too busy to handle individual claims. Because of this, working with a Grandview Heights attorney might be the best way to make sure that your claim is processed in a timely manner.