During a promotional event for your team’s product, a coworker made you an indecent proposal that you declined. With sexual innuendos and other inappropriate behavior at work, this coworker has made you feel uneasy on more than one occasion. However, you work for a firm and in an industry that promotes a ‘work hard’ attitude, and you love your job very much. That is why you are concerned that starting a fight about this coworker, even if it is justified, would come back to bother you later in your career. Should you talk to a sexual harassment lawyer at such times?
In this article, we will be discussing in detail when and why you need to hire such a lawyer for your workplace concerns. Make sure to stay with us till the end so that you can make a final decision to end workplace sexual harassment problems.
What is Sexual Harassment?
Workplace sexual harassment is defined as any unsolicited sexual approaches, demands for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical activity of a sexual nature that creates a hostile or uncomfortable work environment.
According to the legislation, not every insulting remark will be considered sexual harassment. You should consult with a lawyer as quickly as possible if you are met with conduct you believe may be sexual harassment to determine if the behavior falls under the legal definition of harassment.
What Sort Of Help Can A Sexual Harassment Lawyer Provide?
When you are subjected to harassing behavior at work, you will be loaded with plenty of questions that need to be answered before you can decide what you should do about it. Among the questions are the following:
- What should my course of action be in response to the harasser?
- What can I do to keep my employer from fighting back against me because I reported their inappropriate behavior?
- Is it necessary for me to report the harassment?
- Are there any precautions I should take to keep myself safe from future harassing behavior?
- Was this even sexual harassment in the traditional sense of the term?
A sexual harassment lawyer with extensive experience in these areas can provide answers.
How Can a Lawyer prepare me for Sexual Harassment Case?
Obtaining the services of an expert lawyer is the first step in preparing for a workplace sexual harassment case. Sexual harassment is a significant workplace issue that should be dealt with properly. The majority of people are not aware of the different sorts of sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment events include unsolicited sexual attempts, solicitations for sex in exchange, and other physical or verbal sexual behavior. Sexual harassment can take many forms, some less evident than others. Offensive sex statements are one example. A statement or incident to be termed sexual harassment needs multiple instances.
The three main types of sexual harassment are:
1. Non-Direct Sexual Harassment
Non-direct sexual assault happens when an external entity, who is not the intended victim of the abuse, overhears and observes the harassment.
2. Quid pro quo
A form of sexual harassment known as quid pro quo happens when a higher-ranking employee asks a lower-ranking employee for a sexual favor in exchange for a benefit or perk in the job, such as overtime compensation.
3. Hostile work environment
Hostile workplace sexual harassment happens when an individual’s frequent unwanted advances and threats generate a toxic work environment that impacts the employee’s work performance and attendance.
It is crucial to remember that anyone, regardless of gender, has the potential to be a culprit of sexual harassment. Similarly, anyone can become a victim of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can occur between people of the same gender and between people of other genders.
An experienced sexual harassment lawyer helps you decide what type of case is yours. From collecting the right evidence to completing the much-needed paperwork and representing your case in front of a jury, these experts can help you with all of it.
Contact Mann & Elias for Assistance!
If you encounter any such incidence of sexual harassment at your workplace, then make sure to contact the lawyer at our firm. We promise to help you get justice along with the compensation that you deserve.