Sexual Harassment: How We Can Help
You have the right to a work environment that is free of bias, intimidation, or hostility. State and federal law prohibits sexual harassment, as well as other illegal harassment, including race, age, disability, national origin, and sexual orientation. Bertelson Law Office, P.A. is committed to protecting all employees from harassment in the workplace.
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What Is Workplace Sexual Harassment?
Any number of actions may constitute sexual harassment, including both verbal and physical advances. Some examples may include:
- Contact of a sexual nature including touching, hugging or brushing against a person’s body.
- Explicit or implicit propositions to engage in sexual activity.
- Comments of a sexual nature, including but not limited to: remarks of a sexual nature regarding a person’s body or clothing, sexually explicit statements or questions, sexually explicit stories or jokes, remarks about sexual activity, and/or whistling, ogling or leering looks.
- Exposure to graffiti, pictures, posters of a sexual nature, or other similar materials.
- Restriction of an individual’s movements through physical interference.
- Comments or actions based on gender.
To determine if your situation constitutes sexual harassment under the law, keep a record of any incidents and use it to provide examples when speaking to an attorney about your potential case.
Steps You Can Take If You Are Experiencing Sexual Harassment At Work
- If possible, directly inform the harasser that his/her conduct is unwelcome and must stop. This response could prevent future harassment from the person, as they may not have realized his/her behavior was offensive.
- File a complaint of sexual harassment, use any employer complaint mechanism or grievance system available.
- Document the circumstances, such as the nature of the sexual advances, and the context in which the incidents occurred. Keep track of dates, places, times, witnesses.
- Contact an employment law attorney to review your situation.
Do Not Tolerate Sexual Harassment At Work. Call Us Today.
If you think you may be facing sexual harassment in the workplace, contact Bertelson Law Office, P.A. at 612-278-9832 to discuss what claims you may have.
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