The law of the state of Washington defines sexual harassment as conduct that is unwelcome, and encompasses both physical and verbal actions. The types of sexual harassment that are most common when done by an employer are sexual advances, the exchange of workplace favoritism for sexual favors, and the creation of a hostile work environment that is overly sexual.
How does Washington Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, employers who are located in Poulsbo can be required to create and visibly post company policies regulating sexual conduct. Such policies should include items such as contact information for reporting harassment incidents, procedures for filing claims, and any corrective or preventative measures should a claim be proven.
The laws of the state of Washington and federal law have both appointed agencies with the authority to investigate sexual harassment claims. These agencies conduct investigations at a given Poulsbo work site in order to verify if a complaint that they have received is true or not. Additionally, under these laws, employers may not fire or retaliate against any employee who has alleged sexual harassment in a claim.
How can a Washington attorney help?
Without expertise in the applicable laws, both investigating and establishing a sexual harassment claim can be difficult. It's not uncommon for federal investigators to be too busy to handle individual claims. Because of this, working with a Poulsbo attorney might be the best way to make sure that your claim is processed in a timely manner.