The laws of Oregon define sexual harassment as any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including actions of either a verbal or physical nature. The forms 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 Oregon Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, employers in Tualatin are often required to create 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 successful).
Oregon and federal laws formed agencies that process claims involving sexual harassment. They have the authority to investigate Tualatin workplaces regarding the conduct alleged in the complaints that have been filed with them. These laws also prohibit employers from firing employees or taking any retaliatory action against workers who have complained of sexual harassment.
How can a Oregon attorney help?
It can be difficult to both investigate and show a sexual harassment claim without having any expertise in the applicable areas of law. The federal officers who investigate claims of sexual harassment are, unfortunately, frequently too busy to give much attention to any one claim. Thus, hiring an attorney in Tualatin can be the safest way to file your claim within the deadlines for sexual harassment claims that Oregon has defined.