Sexual harassment is among the worst things an individual can ensure, especially when it occurs in the workplace. If you believe you are a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, please read on and reach out to our experienced Georgia employee rights attorney today. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What qualifies as sexual harassment?
There are few things more degrading, infuriating, and insulting to someone’s integrity than being subjected to sexual harassment, and when it happens in the workplace, it makes matters even more complicated. Sexual harassment comes in many forms, including “jokes,” insults, or slurs, inappropriate touching, written or graphic materials that denigrate an employee or group of employees, and more. Generally speaking, if you feel you have been sexually harassed, you have been. That being said, there are federal laws in place that dictate what classifies as sexual harassment in the workplace.
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. If you face any unwelcome verbal or physical advances or any other discrimination based on your sex that creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive environment, you are a victim of sexual harassment in the eyes of the law. Furthermore, if you have been inappropriately touched or purposefully physically or emotionally harmed in some way, you may be able to hold that person accountable for violating Georgia’s assault and battery/intentional infliction of emotional distress laws.
How to Identify Workplace Harassment
Workplace harassment comes in various shapes and sizes, however, there are several red flags to be aware of. For example, if you feel as if you are being forced to do something you know is wrong to keep your job, or the conduct interferes with your productivity/performance, or the conduct creates a hostile or threatening work environment, there is a very good chance you are a victim of sexual harassment. You should also understand that sexual harassment is not exclusive to any gender, meaning both men and women can harass and be harassed. These acts can occur anywhere, such as in the office, at company dinners, and more. If you have any additional questions or believe you have a case against your employer or another co-worker, please do not hesitate to give our knowledgeable Atlanta employee rights attorney a call today.
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