Sexual harassment is defined by Ohio law as unwelcome conduct that is of a sexual nature, which includes both verbal and physical actions. Prevalent 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, Hamilton employers may be required to implement 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 successful).
Furthermore, federal and Ohio laws create specific agencies which are responsible for handling sexual harassment cases. The agencies are given authority to investigate workplaces in Hamilton to determine if the incidents alleged in the complaints they receive are true. 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 Ohio 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 issues to be overworked. Thus, hiring a Hamilton lawyer can be the surest way to file your sexual harassment claim within the deadlines specified by the state of Ohio.