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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.

I Am A Federal Employee Enduring Sexual Harassment At Work. What Should I Do?

Sexual harassment has no place in the workplace, or anywhere else for that matter. Under federal law, sexual harassment is defined as "Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature." In addition, this conduct must have a "severe or pervasive" impact on a person's employment or performance, or be sufficiently severe or pervasive to create a hostile work environment.

My Employer, A Federal Agency, Retaliated Against Me. What Are My Rights?

Retaliation occurs when an employer takes adverse action against an employee who is engaged in activities that are protected under the law. For example, employees who report sexual harassment, discrimination or other illegal activities cannot face discipline, termination, demotion or other adverse actions. Unfortunately, many employers, including federal agencies, illegally retaliate against employees for exercising their rights. These acts can have a devastating impact on a person's career and well-being.

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.

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