The laws of Texas define sexual harassment as any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including actions of either a verbal or physical nature. Sexual advances, creating a hostile work environment that is blatantly sexual in nature, and sexual advances are some of the more common forms of sexual harassment amongst employers.
How does Texas Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, Palestine employers can be required to create 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 successful).
Furthermore, federal and Texas laws create specific agencies which are responsible for handling sexual harassment cases. The agencies are given authority to investigate workplaces in Palestine to determine if the incidents alleged in the complaints they receive are true. Employers are also barred 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 Texas attorney help?
If you do not have any expertise in the applicable laws, it may be difficult to investigate and prove a claim involving sexual harassment. Federal investigators are often extremely overworked. With that in mind, you should consider speaking with an attorney in Palestine, as this may be the ideal way to ensure that your claim is filed before the deadlines set by the laws of Texas.