The laws of Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, employers who are located in Exeter can be required to establish and visibly post company policies regulating sexual conduct. These policies may include contact information for an employee to report sexual harassment, the procedure for handling such claims, and the corrective measures for when a claim is proven.
The laws of the state of Rhode Island and federal law have both created agencies with the authority to investigate sexual harassment claims. These agencies conduct investigations at a given Exeter work site in order to verify if a complaint that they have received is true or not. Furthermore, under these laws, employers may not fire or retaliate against any employee who has alleged sexual harassment in a claim.
How can a Rhode Island 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 an Exeter attorney might be the best way to make sure that your claim is processed in a timely manner.