Sexual harassment consists of any type of bullying or abuse of a sexual nature and can range from mild offenses to sexual abuse and sexual assault. Sexual harassment can occur in nearly any type of environment and to any person. It is most common, however, in the workplace, at schools, and in other similar situations. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), harassment can occur in a number of circumstances, including:
- The victim or harasser may be a woman or a man; victims do not have to be the opposite sex
- Harassers can be a victim's supervisor, co-worker, or non-employee
- The victim does not have to be the person harassed, but anyone affected by offensive conduct
- Illegal sexual harassment can occur without economic damage to the victim
- The harasser's conduct is unwelcome
One of the most distinguishing aspects about sexual harassment is that while there are laws in place against it, there is a complicated legal atmosphere surrounding what can be considered unlawful behavior. As stated by the U.S. EEOC, harassing a person because of their sex, particularly in the workplace, is unlawful. This can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. The law does not prohibit teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, but does make harassment illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates an offensive environment and results in adverse consequences to the victim.
Experienced Sexual Harassment Lawyers
If you believe that you have been a victim of sexual harassment at work, at school, or in any other type of situation, you can take the steps toward protecting your constitutional rights by discussing your case with an experienced and knowledgeable sexual abuse attorney from Stern Law Group. Our legal team has more than 150 years of combined legal practice and has accumulated knowledge into sexual harassment laws and how cases can be handled during the civil legal process. If you would like to discuss your case, contact Stern Law Group.