Putting an End to Harassment in the Workplace
Harassment in the workplace is simply inexcusable, regardless of the form it takes. Indeed, in the United States, it’s illegal for employers or fellow colleagues to engage in sexual, verbal or physical harassment of any kind. This is not to suggest, however, that workplace harassment has ceased to exist. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision, illegal harassment is any conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.
Sexual Harassment is Particularly Troubling
Don Draper may no longer be on the air, but sexual harassment is still alive and well in the American workplace. If you or someone you know has recently been sexually accosted, or had their job security threatened due to not performing a sexual act, it’s imperative that you contact an experienced, compassionate employment attorney immediately.
Your Employer is Liable
Your employer will be held liable for harassment by a supervisor that results in a negative, employment-related action, including termination, failure to promote or hire and lost wages. Your employer will also be held liable for harassment committed by non-supervisory employees — i.e. independent contractors — if it knew, or should have known about the harassment and failed to take corrective action