Sexual harassment is defined under Ohio law as unwelcome conduct that is of a sexual nature, which includes both verbal and physical actions. Frequent 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, employers in Summit County are often required to establish 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 true).
There are also federal and Ohio laws that have appointed agencies to handle sexual harassment claims. These agencies have authority to investigate a Summit County workplace for the sexual harassment conduct that is alleged in the complaints they receive. 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?
If you do not have any expertise in the applicable laws, it may be difficult to investigate and show a claim involving sexual harassment. Federal investigators are often very overworked. Therefore, hiring a Summit County lawyer can be the surest way to file your sexual harassment claim within the deadlines specified by the state of Ohio.