What is Sexual Harassment?
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment is defined as unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. It is important to differentiate between sexual harassment and harmless flirtation. Harmless flirtation can be a co-worker asking you out on a date, or complementing you on how youâ€™re dressed. While these may leave you feeling awkward, the other person may not have intended to make you feel that way.
Sexual harassment is continual and progressively aggressive advances with the intention of degrading, physically hurting, or humiliating you. Sexual harassment can also be the posting or spreading of sexually inappropriate images or literature with the intent to humiliate, degrade, or upset other workers.
What Can You Do?
If you believe that you are a victim of sexual harassment you have the right to file charges. If you believe that youâ€™ve witnessed sexual harassment, share that information with the HR department, a trusted supervisor, or contact Jersey Personal Injury to find out what your rights and the rights of your co-workers are. They will put you in contact with an experienced lawyer who can take on your case and fight for you.
According to the EEOC, you have 180 days in which you can file charges, and believe it or not those days can go by quickly. The best course of action is to contact Jersey Personal Injury as soon as sexual harassment has taken place. When youâ€™re a victim, you want someone on your side who not only knows the law and can defend your rights, but who will also offer you the confidence and security you need to move forward.
No one should ever have to deal with sexual harassment- unfortunately; it is a common occurrence that can have devastating consequences. You have the right to work without sexual threats or fear.
Contact a Jersey personal injury lawyer today to discuss your case and get the council you need.