The laws of South Carolina 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 South Carolina Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, employers who are located in Columbia can be required to establish and visibly post company policies regulating sexual conduct. 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 South Carolina laws that have appointed agencies to handle sexual harassment claims. These agencies have authority to investigate a Columbia workplace for the sexual harassment conduct that is alleged in the complaints they receive. These laws also prohibit employers from firing workers or taking any retaliatory action against workers who have complained of sexual harassment.
How can a South Carolina attorney help?
A claim for sexual harassment may be difficult to investigate and establish without the proper expertise in the relevant areas of law. Federal investigators are often very overworked. Because of this, working with a Columbia attorney might be the best way to make sure that your claim is processed in a timely manner.