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- Legal Definitions of Sexual Harassment
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sexual harassment is defined as "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment." This definition protects employees from both types of sexual harassment--quid pro quo sexual harassment and hostile work environment harassment.
If you have been sexually harassed at work, a sexual harassment attorney can help explain your legal rights. To contact a sexual harassment lawyer today, simply fill out the free case review form.
Sexual harassment is defined in federal context as a form of sex discrimination, specifically under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Harassment does not have to be sexually suggestive, as it can include insulting remarks about an individual’s gender. For instance, it is illegal for an employee to harass a woman by making rude comments about women in general. Both men and women can be victims of sexual harassment.
Federal law does not protect individuals from isolated incidents, offhand remarks or light teasing. However, when employees are frequently or severely harassed to the point that it creates a hostile work environment or results in the employee being fired or demoted, the victim can pursue a sexual harassment lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, you may be able to recover compensation. To learn more about filing a lawsuit, contact our sexual harassment attorneys today by filing out the free case review form on the right.