Sexual Harassment, a hostile type of sex discrimination, can take two forms in the workplace: quid pro quo and a hostile work environment.
- Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment refers to when an employer offers, in exchange for sexual acts or favors, to make decisions or actions favorable to an employee.
- Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment occurs when sexually inappropriate and often offensive material (photos, jokes, stories, or threats) create a work environment that is intimidating, upsetting, and intolerable.
Sexual harassment lawsuits are typically filed under Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that workplace discrimination, in any number of forms, is unlawful. The specific laws in each state differ with regard to prohibiting sexual harassment. A sexual harassment lawyer has experience dealing with a range of employee issues, and is able to defend the rights of an employee from the harassing conduct of managers or coworkers. Freedom from sexual harassment is a civil right, as it falls under freedom from discrimination. Ensure that your civil rights are defended: don't stand for sexual harassment in the workplace.