Sexual harassment is something no worker should ever have to experience. Unfortunately, it happens in workplaces all over the country.
It can be difficult to identify sexual harassment. Victims may feel helpless and embarrassed – and they may question what they are experiencing is truly sexual harassment.
What, exactly, does sexual harassment in the workplace look like? What behaviors are considered sexual harassment?
Let’s take a look at some types of actions and behaviors that may be considered sexual harassment:
- Repeatedly asking a coworker out on a date
- Making inappropriate comments about a colleague’s appearance
- Inappropriately touching a coworker (rubbing, hugging, patting, purposely rubbing up against, etc.)
- Sending suggestive emails or instant messages to a coworker
- Displaying pornography or other inappropriate images or videos at work
- Asking inappropriate questions about a coworker’s sexual orientation, sexual experience, etc.
Sexual harassment can occur between two colleagues or between a colleague and a superior. In either case, it is illegal.
When notified, employers should take immediate action to address sexual harassment. This type of behavior is illegal and employers can be held liable for failing to take action.
In certain cases, a victim may come forward and report sexual harassment to the employer. The employer may take retaliatory action against the employee by demoting or firing him or her. This is also illegal behavior.
It is advisable for victims to speak to an attorney who handles workplace sexual harassment cases. Victims should learn about their rights, legal options, and options for seeking compensation.
If you are interested in speaking to an attorney about what is happening in your workplace, please call 202-463-6036. Your consultation is completely confidential.