All employees are legally protected from discrimination.
Discrimination includes unfairly judging or harassing people based upon gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability. However, when an individual is harassed in a sexual manner, this is not discrimination.
This is sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment does not pertain only to women. Because there is some confusion and both males and females may be victims, employers are taking steps to ensure that all employees understand what actually constitutes sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment is a federal crime. Even those states govern these issues differently, sexual harassment is a violation of an individual’s civil rights.
There are basically two types of sexual harassment: a hostile work environment and Quid Pro Quo.
A hostile work environment is where either a male or female is subjected to unwanted sexual advancements, being forced to view explicit or sexual material, even hearing an onslaught of sexual jokes. Because of this sexual inappropriate behavior, the employee cannot function at their job.
Quid Pro Quo sexual harassment occurs when an employer or fellow employee propositions an individual with the promise of promotion, extra benefits or financial raises in pay in exchange for sexual favors.
If you have been the victim of sexual harassment, contact a lawyer to represent you in the workplace and resolve the issue.