Have you experienced unwelcome verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature at work?
Have you been subject to offensive remarks on the basis of your gender?
If so, you may have a workplace sexual harassment claim.
Lauren Parris Watts is an attorney experienced with sexual harassment claims and she guides her clients through these challenges in the workplace. Lauren can advise you on your rights and work alongside you to remedy the harm you’ve experienced.
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is verbal or physical unwanted behavior of a sexual nature or harassment based on a person’s gender.
Obvious examples include unwelcome sexual advances and requests for sexual favors, but other common examples include frequent and/or severe teasing, offhand comments of a sexual nature, and negative comments about a particular group (like women).
What Qualifies As
WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARRASMENT?
There are two different types of workplace sexual harassment claims: quid pro quo and hostile work environment. Quid pro quo occurs when someone in an authority position requests sex, or a sexual relationship, in exchange for not firing or otherwise disciplining the employee, or in exchange for favors.
FORMS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT INCLUDE:
Physical acts of sexual assault.
Exposing oneself or performing sexual acts on oneself.
Displaying inappropriate sexual images or posters in the workplace.
Unwanted sexually explicit photos, emails, or text messages.
Lauren Parris Watts
Workplace Sexual Harassment Attorney
Lauren counsels clients who have experienced sexual harassment at work. Many of her clients are interested in a quick resolution and hire Lauren to partner with them in negotiating an early resolution with their employer. However, Lauren is also experienced with representing clients in sexual harassment lawsuits when pre-litigation negotiations prove unsuccessful.
Workplace Sexual Harassment FAQs
Can men be victims of sexual harassment?
Yes, anyone can be the victim of sexual harassment, regardless of gender. Additionally, the victim and harasser can be the same sex.
Does the harasser also have to be my supervisor in order for it to be considered sexual harassment?
No. A coworker (and, in some cases, a third party) can be the harasser. In determining whether your employer is liable, the key is whether the employer knew or should have known about the harassment and whether the employer failed to act when they were apprised of the situation.
Did the sexual harassment need to take place in the workplace in order to file a claim?
No. An employee can be sexually harassed off premises, such as a social function or even in their own home. You have the right to be free from sexual harassment by coworkers, supervisors, or others no matter where it occurred.
What does it take for a work environment to be considered “hostile”?
The law requires more than an unpleasant work environment in order to bring a successful sexual harassment claim. The conduct must alter the conditions of your employment or unreasonably interfere with your work performance. A single incident can support a claim if the incident is severe enough.
Other factors to consider include, the nature of the conduct, how often and over what period of time the conduct occurred. Also, the circumstances under which the conduct occurred and whether conduct was physically threatening or humiliating.