Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment still remains one of most common forms of discrimination in the workplace today.  It can come in many forms, such as sexually inappropriate language, unwanted touching, and general misogynistic treatment of an employee.  Sexual Harassment also exists where a man or woman is treated worse because that employee does not engage in sex or even sexual flirting with his or her supervisors or superiors.

If you feel you have been the victim of sexual harassment or a hostile work environment anywhere in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, or if you would like to ask about your rights regarding sexual harassment and hostile work environment, please contact our offices immediately at 856-778-9700 to speak with an attorney. You may also simply click the contact button below and submit an inquiry for the lawyers at our offices to review.

 

 It is unlawful for an employer to allow one of its employees to be harassed or subjected to a hostile work environment. However, all harassment is not unlawful. Harassment is only against the law when a person is being harassed because of their sex, race, religion, national origin, age or disability. Other types of harassment may be annoying and even unbearable in some instances, but they are not against the law.

There are two types of sexual harassment, Quid Pro Quo sexual harassment and Hostile Work Environment sexual harassment.

Quid Pro Quo sexual harassment is when an employee is treated better or worse depending on whether or not that employee gives in to sexual advances by another. For example, if one female employee who acquiesces to the boss’s sexual advances is treated better that female employees who do not, the employees who are treated worse may have a case for Quid Pro Quo sexual harassment.

Hostile Work Environment sexual harassment exists where an employer’s sexual conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the employee’s job performance or creating a hostile and intimidating environment. Hostile work environment cases involve both verbal and physical conduct of both a sexual and nonsexual nature, so long as the purpose is to create a hostile or offensive working environment.  

For more information about harassment and hostile work environments check out the following websites:

http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/sexual_harassment.cfm

http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/discrimination/ethnicdisc.htm

http://www.aflcio.org/issues/jobseconomy/workersrights/rightsatwork_e/sexharass.cfm

http://www.hrhero.com/topics/sexual_harassment.html

 




If you feel you were discriminated against in the hiring process, or were denied advancement opportunities, or were terminated because of your race, gender, age, religion, national origin, or disability anywhere in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, please contact our offices immediately at 856-778-9700 for consultation. You may also submit an inquiry using our secure web form for our offices to review.

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