People in Washington, D.C. who work deserve to do their job in an environment that allows them to feel same from unwanted attention, insults and groping of a sexual nature. Because too many workplaces are still the site of sexual harassment, it is necessary to have laws giving victims the power to fight back against this shameful conduct.
Some people may have been the target of strange or uncomfortable behavior at work, but they are not sure if what happened qualifies as sexual harassment. The following are common examples of impermissible behavior:
- Sexually explicit language, innuendos or dialogue
- Touching that is unwelcome or inappropriate
- Requests for a personal relationship or for sex
- Negative treatment for apparent “revenge” after you end a personal relationship
- Retaliation for reporting a sexual harassment incident
Readers should also keep in mind that the person doing the harassing need not be a supervisor or manager. Harassment by a co-worker can be just as traumatic and abusive. If an employer is aware of one employee’s sexual harassment of another and does not take the immediate action it is required to, they could face legal penalties, just as if the boss had done the harassing him- or herself.
Once someone is sure they have been sexually harassed at work, they may not be sure what their next steps should be? What evidence do they need to prove that the behavior occurred? Should they try to stay on the job, or can they quit? An employment law attorney can answer these and other questions about your particular case.