You have the right to work without enduring humiliating comments about your body, inappropriate touching, or unwelcome sexual advances. Unfortunately, sexual harassment is still pervasive despite considerable cultural and technological advances.
What should I do if I am being sexually harassed?
The most important step to take is to report the sexual harassment to the human resources department of your company. If you work for a small company or it does not have a human resources department and your harasser is your boss, you should make it clear that the conduct is not welcome. If it continues, we can file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and seek a legal remedy. In Oklahoma, you can secretly record a conversation if you are a party to that conversation. It will greatly help your case to have a recording of the harassment or at least one additional witness to it.
There are two types of sexual harassment. The first is quid pro quo sexual harassment, meaning “this for that.” Quid pro quo harassment happens when a supervisor takes or threatens to take adverse employment action against you or refuses to promote you unless you provide him or her with sexual favors.
The second type is hostile work environment sexual harassment. This happens when the harassing conduct is “so severe and pervasive that a reasonable person would consider it intimidating, hostile or abusive.” In a hostile work environment claim, the harasser may not ask you for sexual favors, but may make continuous comments or touch you inappropriately.
Federal and state law guarantee your right to work without being treated like a sex object. If your rights to a harassment-free work environment are being violated, call us today! We take sexual harassment cases on a contingency basis, meaning it does not cost you anything out-of-pocket. Our only fee is a portion of the verdict or settlement if we prevail.