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Sexual harassment in the workplace can definitely be a problem. In addition to federal laws, all states have some sort of law prohibiting sexual harassment by both employers and employees. These laws protect both male and female employees from sexual harassment and hostile environments at work. Violations of sexual harassment laws can result in severe legal consequences for the offender.

Sexual harassment in the workplace can be categorized into two basic types. The first type is known as "quid pro quo" harassment. This is where an employer requires an employee to provide sexual favors in exchange for benefits, such as promotions or pay raises. This type of conduct is strictly prohibited by sexual harassment laws.

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The second type of sexual harassment falls under the general category of "hostile work environment". Employers are required by law to maintain a work environment that is free from a hostile or overly sexual atmosphere. Both employers and employees are prohibited from offensive behaviors, such as making direct sexual advances, making sexual jokes, using sexual stereotypes, or engaging in suggestive conduct. An employer can be held liable if they allow the work environment to become sexually offensive to any employees. Read more

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You should also be aware that sexual harassment can occur in locations outside of the office. It is common for employees to attend off-premises functions that are sponsored by the employer. These may include out-of-town conferences, work-related trainings, and holiday parties. Sexual harassment is prohibited in these locations as well if the event is being overseen by the employer.

If you have been subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace, you must usually file a complaint with an administrative agency such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC or other government agency will launch an investigation into the claim to determine whether a violation has been committed. The agency will also enforce an appropriate remedy, such as requiring the company to enforce stricter policies.

Sexual harassment investigations can sometimes be complex, and may involve several filing deadlines. You may definitely consider hiring an employment lawyer to assist you in filing your complaint. Employers may not fire an employee in retaliation for filing a complaint.

If the remedies suggested by the investigating agency are insufficient, you have the option of filing a private lawsuit in a civil court. Your attorney can also represent you in court and can argue your case before a judge. Experienced employment lawyers will be familiar with the sexual harassment laws of your jurisdiction.


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