State and federal laws provide employees with protection against various behaviors and actions which constitute sexual harassment. Examples of this violation of employee rights include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. When this conduct affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment, it is important to speak with an experienced employment law attorney about the situation. You do not have to live with this type of behavior-you can take legal action to defend your rights. The various types of sexual harassment that are prohibited under the law include:
Verbal & Written Harassment—this could include any unwelcome comments that are sexual in nature, such as inappropriate jokes, sexual innuendos, repeatedly asking a coworker out on a date—despite previous objections—and requesting sexual favors.
Physical Harassment—this could include any inappropriate sexual contact or sexual assault, such as unwelcome hugging, kissing, stroking, etc., or physically forcing oneself upon another.
Nonverbal Harassment—this could include any implied sexual and/or derogatory gestures, such as looking a coworker up and down, following them around and/or making lewd gestures.
Visual Harassment—this could include any inappropriately displayed drawings, pictures, posters, etc. in a work environment that are sexual in nature and are deemed to be offensive to one or more coworkers.
Sexual harassment is not simply limited to the direct recipient of the behavior. Others in the vicinity of the action are often distracted, threatened, offended or made to feel insecure. In many cases the harassment was allowed to continue out of a fear of retaliation, such as demotion or wrongful termination, while other times the victim allowed it to continue in hopes of gaining a promised raise or promotion. A supervisor, co-worker or anyone else in the company who engages in sexual harassment is guilty of harassment and should be held accountable for their actions. If you are unsure of what behaviors qualify as sexual harassment, you should not hesitate to speak to an attorney about your case.
Sexual Harassment Lawsuits in LOUISIANA
Come to Miller, Hampton & Hilgendorf when you have been sexually harassed. We provide dedicated and individualized service to individuals in your situation, and we are here to help. Don’t worry about proving the case-that’s our job. We will carry out the necessary actions of discovery, including documenting the case, gathering evidence and testimony to support your claim. An employment law attorney will stand by you from the initial consultation through to the settlement of the case.