Sexual harassment is an ongoing problem for workers in all industries. When people go to work, they agree to a code of conduct is sometimes detailed by an employee handbook. Federal and state law further protects people from working in a hostile work environment. When someone is subjected to overwhelming harassment of a sexual nature, they have a lot to consider about their future. Sexual harassment comes in many forms. Quid pro quo sexual harassment is when an employer, supervisor, or colleague asks to exchange employment, promotions, or other benefits of a job for sexual acts. The other type of sexual harassment is one where someone is exposed to a hostile work environment. If you are the victim of sexual harassment through a hostile work environment, you should contact a law firm to assess your case and represent your interests.
Sexual harassment can come from anyone and the victim can be anyone. Sexual harassment can be at the hands of an employer, supervisor, and agent of the employer, a co-worker, or a non-employee. A victim of sexual harassment can be anyone. A victim does not have to be the one directly harassed. A person who witnesses the harassment can also be affected by the behavior and feel the same hostility as the direct victim.
Offensive behavior comes in a variety of conduct. One should note that the legal standard for establishing the illegality of the conduct is high and knowing what makes a work environment “hostile” is important. Annoyances, petty slights, and small incidents will not convince the court of a hostile work environment. Illegal offensive behavior related to sexual harassment may include:
An employer is liable for harassment that constitutes a hostile work environment by a supervisor or agent of the employer that results in any adverse action related to employment, including:
An employer is liable for any non-supervisory employees who expose others to a hostile work environment under certain conditions. They must know or must have known about the conduct and didn’t act to fix the problem. An employer is obligated to offer a safe and positive work environment free of harassment. When they don’t take the necessary action, they are liable for the actions of everyone they employ.
The Mark Law Firm, LLC has over 15 years serving victims of sexual harassment in a hostile work environment. If you have been exposed to intolerable conditions in the workplace, you should contact an attorney who is passionate about the law. Our attorneys have the experience and effectiveness you need to hold those offenders accountable for their action. Contact The Mark Law Firm, LLC today.