If you have become a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, it is important that you know your rights. Everyone has the right to a harassment-free workplace and employers could be held responsible for failing to uphold federal and state laws. Unfortunately, nobody is absolutely safe from sexual harassment in the workplace. Individuals of any gender, sexual preference, or profession can be subject to uncomfortable and potentially damaging sexual harassment in their place of work. In order to protect yourself, it is crucial that you understand your rights and what you can do if you think you may have been sexually harassed at work.
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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers from sexual discrimination in any form. According to this federal law, all employers with at least 15 employees are under federal protection. In addition to federal laws, each state and many local governments also provide additional laws and protections against sexual harassment in the workplace.
Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome or inappropriate sexual advance. This can be as simple as a comment or as inappropriate as an unwanted touch. Any conduct of a sexual nature, such as a lewd comment, gender-based remark, or inappropriate touching can be classified as sexual harassment if it is severe or pervasive. If the work environment itself is offensive, that can also be considered sexual harassment. For example, if an office is decorated with lewd images that are degrading to women, a female employee might be very offended.
Any type of conduct that would be considered offensive to the typical person can be classified as sexual harassment. For example, a single passing comment might be offensive to one person but the majority would not take offense, in which case it might not be considered an act of sexual harassment. The conduct must be categorized as offensive and severe or pervasive. Usually, this means the conduct was extremely aggressive, widespread, or frequent.
Common examples of sexual harassment at work include:
There are several ways in which an employer, coworker, or company can be found responsible for sexual harassment. If you ever felt uncomfortable, humiliated, unprotected, or discriminated against at work because of your gender or any other reason, our Miami personal injury lawyers can help.Contact Stabinski & Funt, P.A. to find out if you have a sexual harassment case.