3 Things to Know About Workplace Sexual Harassment
When you enter your office, you expect and deserve a safe atmosphere free from harassment or painful treatment. Legal protections have improved in recent decades to protect all workers, but sexual harassment still occurs every day in the United States. Tragically, these events take a heavy emotional toll, and harassed individuals often take months or years to recover. When the harassment ultimately leads to your dismissal from your company, the financial pressure can be overwhelming.
Many people think they know exactly what sexual harassment looks like. Overt, vulgar treatment immediately qualifies as harassment, but harassment can take more subtle forms as well. For decades, federal, state, and local governments have regulated workplace behavior in order to guarantee workers feel safe and welcome. A workplace may be uninhabitable or offensive even without outright harassment, and you should know several things if your place of work feels unsafe.
- Unwelcome sexual advances in the workplace constitute sexual harassment, regardless of the employee’s status or tenure. Oftentimes, when harassment occurs, it is on a quid pro quo basis. A promotion, bonus, or other type of reward may be offered for allowing or acquiescing to the unwelcome request. If you have been the victim of unwelcome sexual advances or a quid pro quo offer, contacting an attorney should be your first move. While you may feel pressure not to speak out, your future is at risk if you do not take steps to protect yourself.
- A hostile work environment qualifies as sexual harassment. While water cooler talk is crucial to a healthy office atmosphere, conversations frequently border on the inappropriate. It can be extremely difficult to speak up in those situations, and people often face social pressure to go along with the group. If you feel your workplace is hostile, you should first approach your superior. If that does not work, you may want to hire a lawyer to fight for just treatment.
- Inappropriate visual conduct may merit a sexual harassment claim. Posters or photographs on the walls of your office should be appropriate and inoffensive. Texas employment law offers a range of protections to employees who feel their workplace is home to offensive images, and you should never hesitate to report pictures that make you uncomfortable.
Contact a Texas Employment Lawyer Today
At the Leichter Law Firm PC, we have decades of experience fighting passionately for fair treatment of our clients. If you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, it is imperative that you reach out to an attorney. A skilled Texas employment discrimination attorney can ultimately save you tens of thousands of dollars and will vigorously pursue a comfortable settlement. Contact us today at (956) 205-0884 for a free consultation with a knowledgeable, understanding legal representative.