What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. The legal definition of sexual harassment is:
"Un-welcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is severe or pervasive and affects working conditions or creates a hostile work environment."
Sexual harassment comes in many forms. It can be implicit or explicit and can include:
- Lewd comments
- Sexually charged threats of violence
- Requests for sexual favors
- Sexual advances or repeated requests for a "date"
- Asking for sexual favors in exchange for a promotion, a raise, or other preferential treatment — also known as "Quid pro quo."
- Unwanted touching
- Obscene gestures or pictures
- Retaliation for filing supervisor sexual harassment claims
- Voluntarily quitting because you can’t take the ongoing harassment — also known as "Constructive termination"
Sexual harassment can be verbal or written in e-mails, text messages, over the phone, in person, or through a third party. It can happen in front of a group or in private. It can happen at work and outside of work. Victims of sexual harassment often feel responsible for the unwanted conduct. No one deserves to suffer what you are going through.
If you’re a victim of sexual harassment and you are suffering in the workplace, we are here to help you. Please call the experienced lawyers at Messa & Associates, P.C. at 1 877 MESSALAW for a free confidential, consultation.