Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination. There are many examples of sexual harassment. It may not be evident that it has occurred until a pattern is discovered, while other times it’s obvious. It can be a single incident or many that together create a hostile work environment. It may even be in the form of retaliation. The harasser may be your boss, co-worker, client, or vendor. The conduct does not have to be sexual in nature, and may include offensive remarks about another’s sex.
Some common forms of harassment are:
- Quid pro quo sexual harassment, such as a demand for sexual favors in exchange for an employment benefit (such as a raise, or getting/keeping your job)
- Sexual favoritism – sleeping with a supervisor gets you better treatment at work
- Staring, or suggestive looks
- Unwanted phone calls, emails, text messaging and instant messaging
- Inappropriate touching, unwelcome physical proximity
- Lewd language or dirty jokes
- Sexual content visible to others
- Denied or reduced pay raises because you refused to go along with the harassment
- Termination because of your reports of harassment or refusal of unwanted attention
What can you do about sexual harassment?
Dhillon Law Group has experience representing employees subjected to unwanted sexual conduct in the workplace, and has successfully taken on private employers and the government. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us for a complimentary, confidential consultation. Many of these cases settle privately before a lawsuit is filed, and depending on the situation, there may be ways to protect your identity from the public. The law also protects you from retaliation if you report and pursue claims of sexual harassment.