Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious problem capable of inflicting lasting harm. If you have experienced harassing conduct at work, it is important to understand your options and your rights.
This article provides an overview of sexual harassment in the workplace. Schedule a consultation with skilled employment attorney James H. Shoemaker, Jr. to discuss your specific circumstances.
Types of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment at work can take many forms. The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) defines it as any physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, affects his or her employment, or creates a work environment that is hostile, offensive, or intimidating.
Some common types of workplace sexual harassment include:
- Quid pro quo (meaning “something for something”)
- Verbal harassment
- Text or email harassment
- Hostile work environment harassment
The Scope of The Problem
Despite significant strides in society, workplace sexual harassment remains all too common. Consider these statistics:
- 1 in 3 women has experienced sexual harassment at work.
- Only 29 % of women reported their harassment to a supervisor or HR.
- Of those women who reported their harassment, only 15 % felt the situation was handled appropriately.
What You Can Do
Not only is workplace sexual harassment unacceptable, but it is also illegal. It is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Most instances of harassment violate state and federal laws. Your employer is required to investigate your complaints of sexual harassment and is prohibited from retaliating against you.
Mr. Shoemaker may be able to help you put a stop to your harassment and hold the perpetrators responsible. In some cases, an entire company may be held accountable for allowing a culture of harassment. You may have grounds to sue, and a successful lawsuit can award you compensation.
Schedule a Case Evaluation
If you are a victim of sexual harassment at work, do not hesitate to call James H. Shoemaker, Jr. at 757-223-4580 for a legal consultation. Mr. Shoemaker serves clients in Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Washington, DC, and nationwide.