Sexual harassment is any unwanted sexual advance or conduct at work that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. Any conduct of a sexual nature that makes an employee uncomfortable has the potential to be sexual harassment. Given this broad definition, it is not surprising that sexual harassment comes in many forms.
Sexual harassment in the workplace can include the following conduct, and more:
- Wrongful termination or retaliation for refusing sexual advances
- Repeated Inappropriate and unwanted sexual or gender-related statements
- Unwanted physical touching or sexual assault
- Quid pro quo (offering professional favors for sex-related favors)
- Gender discrimination
- Hostile work environment
- Offensive jokes, images or invasions of personal space
- Persistent unwanted advances
- Commenting on someone’s appearance, body, or real or imagined sexual activity
- Failure of employers to prevent sexual misconduct by other employees
Who can be sexually harassed at work?
Sexual harassment typically impacts women more than men, but men and those who identify as members of the LGBTQ community can also be victims of sexual misconduct at work. Essentially, anyone can become a victim. Likewise, perpetrators of sexual harassment can be anyone, too.
Do You Need Legal Support? If you think you’re a victim of sexual harassment at work, reach out to someone from Haeggquist & Eck, LLP for help. During a free consultation, we can go over your concerns about what happened or is going on at work and provide options for taking future legal action.
Reach out to us online or by calling (619) 468-5222 for your free initial case evaluation.