The laws of Pennsylvania define sexual harassment as any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including acts of either a verbal or physical nature. 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 Pennsylvania Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, Warren employers may be required to formulate company policies concerning sexual conduct and post them for employees to see. The policies should at least include: contact information for the reporting of sexual harassment incidents, an outline of procedures to be followed in filing a claim, and the remedies available when a claim successfully proven.
Additionally, federal and Pennsylvania laws create specific agencies which are responsible for handling sexual harassment cases. The agencies are given authority to investigate workplaces in Warren to determine if the incidents alleged in the complaints they receive are true. Furthermore, under these laws, employers may not fire or retaliate against any employee who has alleged sexual harassment in a claim.
How can a Pennsylvania attorney help?
A claim for sexual harassment may be difficult to investigate and show without the proper expertise in the relevant areas of law. Federal investigators are often very overworked. Because of this, working with a Warren attorney might be the best way to make sure that your claim is processed in a timely manner.