Sexual Harassment

4 12, 2018

You Reported Sexual Harassment, Then You Got Fired—Now What?

By | 2019-01-10T01:28:38+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Sexual Harassment|0 Comments

How to fight back after retaliation It’s a horrible position to be in: losing your job after reporting sexual harassment. In this situation, it’s easy to feel powerless—but you should know that the law is one your side. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that you have the right to work without being subjected to sexual harassment—and the right to report it if you are the victim. That means it’s against the law for your employer to retaliate against you for reporting sexual harassment, or any other illegal activity. What is retaliation? Retaliation does not just mean firing. It can take many forms, including: Reprimanding you or giving you a lower performance evaluation than you deserve. Transferring you to a less-desirable position or demoting you. Physical or verbal abuse. Threatening to report your immigration status, or file a police report against you. Putting you under increased scrutiny. Retaliating against a family member (for instance, by firing your spouse). Spreading false rumors against you. Deliberately making your job more difficult. What you should do after getting fired  1. Write everything down As much as you can remember, write down the details of the harassment you experienced and the events that led [...]

12 04, 2018

Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

By | 2018-04-12T14:04:56+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Hostile Work Environment, Sexual Harassment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is Sexual Harassment? Sexual harassment involves unwelcome offensive sexual advances, communication, or conduct in the workplace. Sexual harassment violates the law. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There are two types of situations where sexual harassment in the workplace becomes actionable – when it creates a hostile work environment and when a “quid pro quo” arrangement arises due to the sexual advances of a supervisor or other person in a position of power over the employee. What is hostile work environment sexual harassment? Hostile work environment sexual harassment involves speech or conduct that is severe enough to result in an intimidating or demeaning workplace, in turn affecting an employee’s job in a negative way. Hostile work environment sexual harassment can result from communication or conduct on the part of a supervisor, co-worker, subordinate, or non-employee (such as a customer or client). A victim of sexual harassment can be the employee to whom the conduct or communication is directed or another person who is impacted by the offensive communication or conduct. For example, inappropriate and unwelcome touching, as well [...]

5 01, 2018

Why HR Departments May Fail Victims of Harassment

By | 2018-01-05T15:05:48+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Sexual Harassment|0 Comments

HR managers are charged with protecting the company, not necessarily employees “Close the door,” your boss says as you walk into his office. Once inside, he tells you that one of your clients made a serious complaint about you. Your job could be on the line. Your boss moves closer to you. He touches your arm and says that he can make the whole thing go away if you agree to meet him at a hotel after work. You get out of the office as fast as possible and go straight to human resources. Later that day, you’re fired. Unfortunately, this type of scenario isn’t uncommon. Many employees are under the impression that their company’s HR department is there to protect them. The truth is more complicated. HR Departments also exist to protect the employer. Let’s discuss a recent New York Times article about the conflicting role human resources departments play in harassment cases—and why they often fail employees. HR’s Role in Harassment Complaints The Times article provides several examples of how HR investigations often don’t go far enough. Two common scenarios stand out: Ignored complaints, or Complaints that aren’t taken seriously. In one of the cases detailed in the [...]

22 12, 2017

What Should You Do About Sexual Harassment?

By | 2017-12-22T01:56:41+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Sexual Harassment|0 Comments

 When the headlines hit close to home You’ve read the articles about sexual harassment that are all over the news. You’ve read the #MeToo stories and stared at the faces of Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” cover. You’ve heard the news reports on television. Maybe you’ve begun to think about your own work situation and the behavior you’ve tolerated for years. Sexual harassment on the job can make you feel embarrassed, emotionally upset, or fearful. As you try to do your work, you should not be forced to avoid or discourage offending behavior. Maybe you think you have no power—that tolerating sexually harassing behavior is a cost of remaining employed. It’s not.  It is against the law and a violation of your civil rights. Let’s discuss what you should do if you are being sexually harassed at work. What is Sexual Harassment? Sexual harassment occurs when a coworker, supervisor, or customer harasses you because of your sex. While it includes behavior such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other conduct of a sexual nature, other types of behavior also constitute sexual harassment. Harassing behavior can also include offensive remarks about gender—even if those comments are of [...]

31 10, 2017

One in Three Women Say They Were Sexually Harassed at Work, But Most Don’t Report It—Why?

By | 2017-10-31T01:37:55+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Sexual Harassment|0 Comments

What all victims of sexual harassment should know about their legal rights Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes. These are just the latest high-profile men to be outed as alleged serial sexual harassers. Many are saying that Hollywood has a sexual harassment problem. That may be true, but it raises a larger issue: does every industry have a sexual harassment problem? According to a 2015 survey by Cosmopolitan magazine, one in three women between the ages of 18 and 34 claimed to have been sexually harassed at work. Of those, only 29% said that they reported the incident(s). Why did the other 71% not report? Let's take a closer look at why victims often don’t report sexual harassment, and then discuss what every victim of sexual harassment should know about his or her rights. Unintended Consequences According to an article the New York Times article earlier this year, both male and female harassment victims often remain silent over fear of retaliation. Unfortunately, those fears are not unfounded. The Times article cited a study of public-sector employees who reported sexual harassment. Two-thirds of the participants reported experiencing some sort of retaliation after their complaints. According to the article, victims are even [...]

21 07, 2017

Can You Recognize the 2 Main Types of Sexual Harassment?

By | 2017-07-29T08:41:57+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Sexual Harassment|0 Comments

What to do if you’re harassed on the job Sexual harassment on the job can take many forms. Sometimes it’s obvious. For example, if a supervisor promises you a promotion in exchange for sex, you’re probably going to quickly realize that something is amiss. But what about the more-subtle forms of harassment? For example, what if a coworker repeatedly insists on giving you unwanted shoulder massages because you “look stressed?” Or what if your manager constantly talks about pornography, or even views it during work hours? Or what if one of your fellow staffers has a tendency to stand just a little too close? The fact is, sexual harassment can encompass a lot of gray area. Let’s take a look at the two main forms of sexual harassment and then discuss what you should do if they happen to you. Quid Pro Quo Harassment The most obvious form of sexual harassment is the quid pro quo variety. Quid pro quo means to grant a favor in return for something else. An example of quid pro quo harassment might involve a manager offering you the opportunity for advancement if you agree to certain sexual favors. Another quid pro quo scenario might [...]

15 02, 2017

Why You Shouldn’t Keep Quiet about Sexual Harassment

By | 2017-07-29T08:41:58+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Sexual Harassment|0 Comments

Unchecked harassment is likely to escalate Embarrassment, fear, shame … these are only a few of the upsetting emotions people may feel after they’ve been sexually harassed at work. Harassment can be hard to talk about. In fact, that’s why many victims don’t. They remain quiet, hoping that the situation will blow over. The problem is, harassers who get away with inappropriate behavior are likely to harass again. If the perpetrator doesn’t come after you, he or she might target one of your coworkers. But remember: everyone deserves to feel safe at work. Keep in mind, federal law offers legal protection from retaliation after you’ve made a complaint about harassment or discrimination. Know that as soon as you voice your concerns, you are generally qualified for this protection. Let’s take a look at some common harassment scenarios and then discuss what you should do. It’s Not Your Fault People often don’t report harassment because they fear that they will be blamed for inviting the behavior. “Maybe he thought you liked him? I’ve seen you flirt with him before …” Sometimes companies will defend the harasser or blow off the complaint. “Oh, that’s just the way John is. He didn’t mean [...]

18 01, 2017

Yes, Male Employees Can be Victims of Sexual Harassment, Too

By | 2017-07-29T08:41:58+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Sexual Harassment|0 Comments

Cop alleges that female supervisor relentlessly harassed him for a year When most people hear the phrase “sexual harassment,” chances are they immediately picture a female victim and a male harasser. However, an ongoing case indicates what can happen when that stereotype keeps supervisors from taking other types of sexual harassment complaints seriously. Sheriff’s Deputy Philip Kozlowski claims that his reports of sexual harassment were ignored because his alleged harasser was a female. Now, he’s suing his employer, claiming that he was discriminated against because of his gender. This case is an important reminder that sexual harassment can take many different forms. Let’s take a look at what happened here and then talk about what it means to you. Persistent Come-ons Philip Kozlowski had seen a lot during his 24 years on the county police force. However, he never would’ve guessed that his working relationship with his female boss would be the thing to make him feel uneasy about his job. According to Kozlowski’s lawsuit, his female sergeant aggressively sexually harassed him for more than a year. Kozlowski claims that she taunted him with graphic descriptions of sex acts she wanted to engage in with him. He says that she [...]

17 11, 2016

How Do I Sue My Employer? What Employees Need to Know About the Legal Process

By | 2017-07-29T08:41:58+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Americans with Disabilities Act Claims, Family and Medical Leave Act Claims, Hostile Work Environment, Pregnancy Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Wage Theft & Unpaid Wages, Workplace Discrimination, Wrongful Termination & Retaliation|0 Comments

What you need to do and when Filing a lawsuit against your employer can be a daunting process, especially if you’ve never had to navigate the legal system before. If you’re like a lot of people, you’re probably going to spend some time doing Internet research before you pick up the phone to call an attorney. While being informed is a great impulse, it’s also important to realize that the sooner you speak to an attorney, the more likely your complaint is going to come out to a successful conclusion. You may thinking, “Well, sure … you’re attorneys so of course you’re going to say that.” But the truth of the matter is that if you’re even considering filing a lawsuit against your employer, everything you say and do from that moment on can potentially be included in the suit. Creating a consistent and legally sound narrative from the beginning can be a significant advantage when facing off against an employer – especially if that employer has deep pockets. Let’s talk about what steps you need to take if you believe that you’ve been subjected to unlawful behavior or practices.  While it’s important to acknowledge that every situation is unique, [...]

10 11, 2016

When Senior-Level Managers Harass: What Employees Need to Know

By | 2017-07-29T08:41:58+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Sexual Harassment|0 Comments

Boss repeatedly threw coins down woman’s shirt Being sexually harassed on the job can be extremely upsetting under any circumstances. However, it’s even worse when the harasser is your boss. Unfortunately, when the perpetrator is a high-level employee or someone who brings in a lot of revenue, some companies may be less likely to take action against the person. However, employers should be aware that allowing sexual harassment to continue may be gambling with the company’s bottom line. As a case in point, one woman may be able to collect more than half a million dollars over her claim that her employer refused to investigate her complaints about her boss. Let’s take a look at what happened in this case and then discuss what employees need to know about sexual harassment. No Touching Rule Emma Gyulakian had worked at a Lexus car dealership for more than a decade. When a new position opened up in the finance department, she decided to apply. Emmanuel Ferreira, who was in charge of the department, recommended Gyulakian for the new job. Unfortunately, Ferreira may have had ulterior motives in wanting to have Gyulakian working in such close proximity. According to Gyulakian’s lawsuit, Ferreira subjected [...]