Sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior that occurs because of your gender. This can include unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
When submitting to or rejecting this conduct is made a basis for employment decisions, it is in your best interest to contact a sexual harassment attorney immediately. Even if there is no employment decision involved, there may still be grounds for a suit if the conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.
What to Do if You Are the Target of Sexual Harassment
If you believe that you are being sexually harassed, there are steps you should take immediately:
- Make it clear to the harasser that his or her behavior is unwelcome.
- Inform your employer of the situation, preferably in writing, and let them know how you want it addressed.
Try to follow whatever harassment policy your employer provides as closely as possible. In addition, it may be helpful to keep notes about each instance of harassment, make copies of your work performance records and speak with fellow employees or others who may help you.
Gender-Based Harassment at Work
It is also possible to suffer illegal, sex-based harassment that is not sexual. This is known as gender-based harassment. One form of gender-based harrassment would be attacks from a supervisor directed toward women or the use of gender-specific slurs or offensive terms.
The perpetrator of gender-based harassment can be a member of the same gender as the victim. The issue is whether the harassment occurred because of your gender.
Get a Free Initial Consultation With an Attorney
At Holman Schiavone, LLC, we are ready to assist you with your sexual harassment complaint. Our staff can help you work through your employer’s harassment policy and advise you on how to best lay the groundwork for a lawsuit, if necessary.