Sexual harassment can have an impact on job performance. Some people may even leave their jobs or change careers due to sexual harassment. Others remain in hostile work environments to their emotional and sometimes physical detriment.
Sexual harassment can include a wide range of actions or inactions on the part of an employer, co-worker, or even customer. These acts can include:
• Failure of your employer to take action to prevent sexual harassment once it has been reported (for example, by protecting a boss or manager),
• Quid pro quo requests. It is illegal for hiring or firing decisions to be based on whether you comply with sexual requests.
• Pervasive sexual remarks or comments. It’s one thing to ask a co-worker out on a date. It’s another thing to not stop asking after she or he has already said no.
• Sexually suggestive remarks or jokes. One-time remarks or jokes or comments may not be considered sexual harassment. But if a co-worker doesn’t stop after you’ve expressed discomfort, this may be sexual harassment.
• Unwanted touching or kissing.
If you believe you have been sexually harassed on the job, an employment lawyer may be able to help you navigate the next steps. USAttorneys.com may be able to match you with an employment lawyer near you.