Federal laws define sexual harassment as a form of discrimination based upon a person’s sex.
Sexual harassment is inappropriate sexual advances, comments, physical misconduct, gestures, and inappropriate verbal behavior.
Since sexual harassment has become a prevalent condition in today’s society,
it’s important that companies enact sexual harassment policies and take necessary action to ensure the safety and well being of their employees.
When an individual is hired they basically enter into a legal contract with the employer. If the employer has created a sexual harassment policy then both employers and employees are expected to uphold their end of the agreement. Breaking the terms or conditions of those policies must be followed by legal action.
If you have been the victim of sexual harassment at your place of employment, you should not simply ignore the harassment hoping it will go away. This is never the case and more often then not; the harassment will only increase in severity as well as frequency.
If you intend to seek the services of a lawyer, it’s a good idea to write down any incidents as they occur. This will serve as documentation of the incidents and may prove invaluable if your case goes to trial. Keep track of the dates and what transpired. Document the time, words or actions that were spoken or initiated, and the names of all people involved. If there were witnesses present, keep records of those people as well, they may be called upon at a later time and will help your case.
An attorney will inform you of the procedures that you must follow to seek a claim.