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Sexual Harassment - Who Can Sue

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. The legal definition of sexual harassment is “unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is severe or pervasive and affects working conditions or creates a hostile work environment.” Conduct is not sexual harassment if it is welcome. For this reason, it is important to communicate verbally, in writing, or by your own actions to the harasser that the conduct makes you uncomfortable and that you want it to stop.

If you have been sexually harassed or assaulted at work, you should contact a sexual harassment lawyer to file a claim and stop the injustice.

Types of Sexual Harassment

Lawsuits for sexual harassment are divided into two categories.

*Quid pro quo sexual harassment is when sexual acts are the basis for employment opportunities or other employment decisions, such as the termination of employment or promotions.
*Hostile environment sexual harassment is when unwanted sexual behavior or sexual references hinder the individual's work performance or creates a hostile working environment.

Victims of sexual harassment can be men or women, and the harassers may be of the same or opposite sex. It is the employer's responsibility to keep their employees safe and maintain a hostile-free workplace.

If you feel that your employer has done nothing to protect you from harassment in the workplace, you need to seek legal advice from an experienced sexual harassment lawyer.

Forms of Sexual Harassment

Some of the forms of sexual harassment are verbal, nonverbal and physical.

Verbal harassment include sexual jokes, sexual humor or gender-based humor, sexual propositioning, suggestive talk and sexual insinuations. Nonverbal harassment is undesired staring, obscene materials, insulting noises, and obscene motions or actions. Physical harassment is undesired touching, rubbing or brushing of the body, pinching, grabbing, confining, assault or rape, attempted assault or rape, and so on.

Sexual harassment can involve behavior by your employer or another employee. If your employer has reason to know that you have been the victim of unwelcome sexual advances or inappropriate behavior from a fellow employee, they are required to take immediate action to protect you.

If you have been a victim of any of these actions, it is recommended you contact a sexual harassment attorney to file a sexual harassment lawsuit. If they ignore your complaint, you may be able to get compensation from a sexual harassment lawyer

Qualifications To Look For In A Sexual Harassment Attorney

Before taking legal action in your case, sexual harassment attorneys will take the time to understand your unique circumstances and personal objectives in your case. Whether you are interested in protecting your job or recovering financial compensation, they will handle your case in a manner tailored to accomplish those goals.

Sexual harassment attorneys will also handle your case discreetly and a high level of professionalism will be maintained throughout your case.

Recent News on Sexual Harassment

*The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement of a sexual harassment lawsuit against a Burger King franchise for $400,000 to be paid to seven female employees, in addition to significant remedial relief – including extensive training and policy revisions – pursuant to a proposed Consent Decree filed today with the federal court in St. Louis. The young women had worked at a Burger King restaurant in the St. Louis suburb of Peerless Park, Missouri.

The EEOC's lawsuit alleged that in 2000 and 2001, restaurant manager Nathan Kraus subjected the female employees, six of whom were high school students, to repeated groping, vulgar sexual comments, and demands for sex.

*In another case, The Dial Corporation agreed to pay $10 million to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment at its Montgomery, Ill., facility. In the lawsuit, about 100 female employees had alleged they were subjected to lewd comments, groping and other improper acts. The female employees will average $100,000 in awards.

If you have been sexually harassed or assaulted at work, you should contact a sexual harassment lawyer to file a claim and stop the acts and receive just compensation.
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