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 Providence County 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.
Rhode Island and federal laws appointed agencies that process claims involving sexual harassment. They have the authority to investigate Providence County workplaces regarding the conduct alleged in the complaints that have been filed with them. These laws also prohibit employers from firing workers or taking any retaliatory action against workers who have complained of sexual harassment.
How can a Rhode Island attorney help?
Without expertise in the applicable laws, both investigating and establishing a sexual harassment claim can be difficult. It's fairly common for federal officials who investigate these matters to be overworked. Thus, hiring a Providence County lawyer can be the surest way to file your sexual harassment claim within the deadlines specified by the state of Rhode Island.