It is never okay to feel like you are being mistreated at your job. However, not all mistreatment is considered harassment.
Read on to learn more about what legally constitutes harassment.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), “Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on:”
Additionally, harassment is illegal when:
Anti-discrimination laws do not allow retaliation harassment against those who:
The following minor incidents do not typically constitute harassment:
In order to be considered illegal, the behavior needs to produce a work environment that is:
Behavior that offends others and is disruptive to work performance can include (but isn’t limited to):
There are several ways that harassment can occur, including (but not limited to):
According to the EEOC, “It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.”
However, it’s important to keep in mind that harassment doesn’t have to be sexual in nature. Instead, it can include offensive remarks regarding a person’s sex. For instance, it is unlawful to harass a woman by making derogatory remarks about women in general.
Both the victim and harasser can be of any sex, either the same or different.
The law does not prohibit the following behaviors:
Harassment only becomes unlawful when it is so pervasive or significant that it causes the work environment to become hostile or offensive or when an unfavorable employment decision is made as a result of the harassment (such as the victim being terminated or demoted).
A sexual harasser can be:
If you have endured sexual harassment in your workplace, you don’t have to put up with it. The law is on your side to protect you against offensive individuals so that you can feel comfortable and safe going to work each day.
Our team is highly skilled in the area of sexual harassment law and we have helped many other people in similar situations obtain the justice they deserved. We want to see that justice is served for you too. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced team right away to learn more about how we can help with your case.
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