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Do You Know the Two Types of Sexual Harassment in The Workplace?

Sexual harassment has and continues to be a concern across companies in the U.S. Though there might be anti-harassment policies in place, that doesn’t mean a supervisor, co-worker, or employee won’t engage in misconduct. Preventative measures are a great way to avoid workplace disputes, from anti-harassment training to amendments in company policy. In this blog, our labor attorney for employees will share two types of harassment men and women can experience in the office.

What is Harassment?

Harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct based on a protected status (race, color, religion, gender orientation, pregnancy). Engaging in this kind of activity is illegal and a violation of California state and federal laws, including:

  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

It is important to note that not all unwelcomed misconduct falls under harassment. That often makes it challenging for clients to file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or for a work harassment attorney to bring a lawsuit. It would require more evidence to reprimand the harasser for making insults, causing you to feel irritated, among other isolated occurrences. Anything that happens (other than a protected characteristic) will not be considered.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a type of discrimination that is specific to sex. Gender and sexual orientation are protected characteristics under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. There are two to be aware of:

  • Hostile Work Environments: cases where an employer has been demeaning or intimidating toward workers, creating an almost hostile environment. There are multiple ways this might occur within the company.
  • Quid Pro Quo: cases where an employee engages in certain acts for benefits. It might be to perform a sexual favor or spend time with an employer outside the office.

For more information or to learn more about reporting workplace harassment, you should reach out to our law offices.

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