The law of the state of West Virginia defines sexual harassment as conduct that is unwelcome, and encompasses both physical and verbal actions. Some forms 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 West Virginia Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, Dunbar employers may be required to implement company policies concerning sexual conduct and post them for employees to see. Company polices might include such matters as contact information to be used in reporting sexual harassment, filing policies, and remedial measures in the event that a claim is proven to be true.
Furthermore, federal and West Virginia laws create specific agencies which are responsible for handling sexual harassment cases. The agencies are given authority to investigate workplaces in Dunbar 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 West Virginia 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 overworked to handle individual claims. Because of this, working with a Dunbar attorney may be the ideal way to make sure that your claim is processed in a timely manner.