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What is Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

June 8, 2012 in Legal / Law

Sometimes relationships in the workplace get too close. It is often advised that you should avoid close relationships or dating within the workplace. Often, work relationships get out of control and can result in a wrongful termination. Sadly, sexual harassment in the workplace result in employees doing personal “favors” in hopes of getting an increase in their wages and hours.


Sexual harassment in the workplace can often be confused both for the target and the one who is implying it. With all of the new laws in place, sometimes it can often be confusing what exactly is sexual harassment.


If your boss asks you out for a lunch meeting-is that harassment? If they give you a hug of congratulations-is this sexual harassment? The Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, passed in 1964 under the federal law defines sexual harassment as: “sexual harassment can occur whenever an employee is unfairly treated owing to his or her gender (in businesses with 15 or more staff).”


Sexual harassment in the workplace can be anything that another co-worker does to make you feel uncomfortable. Some examples of this is touching you in inappropriate areas, giving you unwanted kisses, calling you inappropriate names or even hitting you. Should you have any questions about what another co-worker is saying or doing to you, you can always speak with someone who is higher up than your general manager. Although, if you are experiencing such harassment with the top manager of the company, then it needs to be reported to the authorities or Better Business Bureau.


Other forms of harassment in the workplace can also include disability discrimination. Other employers who may already display activities of wrongful sexual harassment may also discriminate against those with disabilities too. While they are busy hitting on other employees, they may be not paying close attention to their employees who have specific disabilities. It could also have the opposite effect and an employer may use sexual connotations with a disabled employee to make them feel more “socially accepted” at the workplace. No matter how an employer may do this-it is completely wrong.


If you are employed within the state of California or even near Chico, CA, and have questions concerning sexual harassment in the workplace, you can always get advice from a California Employment Attorney. They will help you decide if you need to file a claim against the employer and the company.


Author Lil Karma


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