Unfortunately, in practice, these policies and procedures are sometimes overlooked by employers (they may not intend on doing it but they end up doing it anyways; they may not notice this but since it is affecting you psychologically and financially it is your job to call them out). There are several types of employment law issues that can crop up in the workplace. Some of the most common issues that we see are as follows:
- Labor and employment law
- Employment mediation and arbitration
- Sexual harassment
- Hostile work atmosphere
- Race and religious discrimination
- Age/gender discrimination
- Sexual orientation mistreatment
- Unethical compensation decisions
- Retaliatory or wrongful termination
- Whistleblower retaliation
- Americans with disabilities act claims
- Family and Medical Leave Act circumstances
- Unemployment pay
- Employment documentation
- Severance packages
- Non-compete paperwork
Sexual harassment in the workplace
Sexual harassment is by far one of the most common types of employment harassment. However, the problem with sexual harassment is that the victims seldom report it or speak up against it. This is because they are often scared that if they raise the alarm bells then they may lose their jobs or have some other action taken against them by their superiors or employer as retaliation.
However, such retaliation in itself is also a form of employment malpractice and legal action can be taken against employers who retaliate too.
If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual harassment at the workplace or even if the harassment is ongoing then you need to most certainly file a complaint with the human resources department. Unfortunately, many times, the company might just overlook your complaint and not seriously investigate it all. Therefore, the best course of action would be to raise a complaint and also seek legal advice when you are not at work.
Someone is trying to take advantage of you; it is time to put a stop to that.
If your employer fails to investigate your complaints, then the employer can be held liable in a civil court of law with the help of a sexual harassment legal representative.
Lewd comments, unwanted touching, unwelcome sexual advances, groping, sexually explicit electronic communication, etc. are all forms of sexual advances. Obviously, some are more serious than others, but the bottom line is that this sort of abuse needs to be cut out from its roots and for that to be possible, you need to take the right legal measures.