When sexual harassment occurs in the workplace, it is important that you speak with an experienced employment law attorney as soon as possible. No one should be subjected to this behavior. Read on to learn more about sexual harassment claims in Georgia.
What qualifies as sexual harassment in the workplace?
It is important to know that sexual harassment is not limited to inappropriate touching or advances. Sexual harassment also includes insults, slurs, inappropriate “jokes,” and even written/graphic materials that denigrate an employee or groups of employees.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) states that sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This means that if you have faced an unwelcome verbal or physical advance based on your sex that creates a hostile work environment, you are technically a victim of sexual harassment.
What do I do if I am a victim of sexual harassment?
If you are a victim of sexual harassment, it is important to tell your supervisor immediately. If your supervisor is the one harassing you, you should go directly to HR. However, some companies don’t have an HR. In this case, you may need to go directly to an employment law attorney. It is important to keep detailed records and proof of the harassment. For example, if the incidents occur over text, be sure to take screenshots.
Unfortunately, some employees are retaliated against for speaking out against behavior like sexual harassment. It is important to know that firing you or otherwise punishing you for speaking out is not legal. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that employers are prohibited from discriminating against their employees on the basis of gender. If you believe you have faced retaliation for speaking out about sexual harassment in the workplace, be sure to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
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