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Can training prevent sexual harassment in the workplace?

Some women in Washington, D.C., may find that these days they are able to have well-paying jobs with significant opportunities for growth. However, other may disagree with this statement, declaring that some women are paid less and have fewer opportunities than male colleagues in the same position. In fact, according to one study, sexual harassment in American workplaces still exists.

Victims of sexual harassment should receive the help they need

It may come as no surprise to residents of Washington, D.C., that sexual crimes such as rape can leave lasting physical and mental scars on the survivor. It is obviously a crime with significant penalties, and those who are the victims of such crimes may experience post-traumatic stress disorder and other injuries. Yet, are such negative consequences also experienced by those who experience sexual harassment in the workplace?

Take action against sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual harassment in the workplace can be very damaging for the victim, emotionally, professionally and financially. Victims of sexual harassment in Washington, D.C., may be afraid to speak out about the harassment for fear of losing their jobs or otherwise being retaliated against. However, victims of sexual harassment do have rights, including the right to feel safe while at work.

Speaking out against sexual harassment in the workplace

Victims of sexual harassment in the workplace in Washington, D.C., may want to take legal action against the perpetrator of the harassment, but may have many concerns. They may fear they will be retaliated against, for example, by being demoted or even out-right fired, if they report the harassment. They may feel negative emotions such as shame, sadness and anger. They may even feel they are unsafe in their work environment. All of this could make a person reluctant to explore their legal remedies as victims of sexual harassment.

What are some circumstances in which sexual harassment can occur?

In a previous post here we discussed the case of one former U.S. House of Representatives staff member who claimed she was sexually harassed in the workplace. Unfortunately, her situation is not entirely unknown in Washington, D.C. While many workers may have heard of instances about sexual harassment, it may also be good for workers to understand the circumstances under which sexual harassment can occur.

Former House staff member alleges sexual harassment

It goes without saying that workers in Washington, D.C., should not be subject to harassment that is sexual in nature, especially by a superior. Unfortunately, such incidents take place every day and can have a serious effect on a worker's rights and wellbeing. The worker may suffer emotionally, experiencing anything from fear to shame to embarrassment to degradation. For example, one former staff member of a U.S. Representative is seeking compensation after reportedly being sexually harassed.

What is sexual harassment and what can I do about it?

It is likely that you are familiar with the term sexual harassment but may wonder what it technically refers to. In general, it is not lawful to harass an individual because of the individual's sex. Sexual harassment can include different types. One type of sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or verbal or physical harassment that is sexual in nature.

Sex discrimination alleged in lawsuit against Justice Department

The United States Department of Justice, through the work of its United States Attorneys and staffs, works to prosecute crimes committed in violation of federal law. District of Columbia residents may be familiar with the 13 appellate courts to which district court matters are raised on appeal; district courts are where alleged violations of federal law are initially heard for trial.

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