Workplace violations take many forms, but if you are sexually harassed, the experience is especially unsettling. Sexual harassment occurs in many ways and leaves victims with a variety of difficulties to work through, from negative emotions to financial problems and issues in the workplace (such as hostility among co-workers). Some victims struggle with anxiety or develop depression. Moreover, workers experience sexual harassment in many different ways.
It is important for victims of unlawful mistreatment at work to identify violations and determine the best course of action. Victims should never stay silent and allow sexual harassment, discrimination or other employee rights violations to continue.
How does sexual harassment occur?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides various examples of sexual harassment. Sometimes, sexual harassment is obvious, such as a manager requesting a sexual favor. In other instances, sexual harassment is less evident, such as certain offensive comments regarding one’s sex. If harassment leads to a negative employment outcome, such as a demotion or the termination of a worker’s position, it is illegal.
Is teasing considered sexual harassment?
The EEOC reports that in some instances, an isolated incident that is relatively minor does not constitute unlawful harassment. However, harassment is against the law when it occurs on a repeated basis and leads to a hostile work environment. Every situation is unique and if you feel that a manager or employer failed to respect your rights, you need to look into your options. Some victims file a complaint, while others need to take further action as a result of harassment, such as going to court.