The laws of Tennessee 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 Tennessee Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, Gallatin employers can be required to implement company policies that specifically address sexual harassment in the workplace. These must be posted in a visible area such as a break room. 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).
Additionally, federal and Tennessee laws create specific agencies which are responsible for handling sexual harassment cases. The agencies are given authority to investigate workplaces in Gallatin to determine if the incidents alleged in the complaints they receive are true. Employers are also prohibited under these laws from taking action in retaliation against an employee who has claimed sexual harassment, such as firing them or denying them a promotion.
How can a Tennessee attorney help?
Without expertise in the applicable laws, both investigating and proving a sexual harassment claim can be difficult. It's fairly common for federal officials who investigate these matters to be overworked. Because of this, working with a Gallatin attorney might be the best way to make sure that your claim is processed in a timely manner.