Sexual harassment in the workplace is a problem in the state of Florida, as well as many other parts of the country. While most people realize they should never cross the line, others don’t think about what they are doing and how it may make the other party feel.
According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sexual harassment is considered a form of sex discrimination. There are two types of sexual harassment recognized by this act: hostile work environment and quid pro quo.
In the event of hostile work environment harassment, a person may take legal action if the conduct is not welcomed, serious enough to create a hostile work environment and based on sex.
With quid pro quo sexual harassment, a person with authority, such as a manager, requests that an employee tolerate the action in order to keep his or her job or receive some type of benefit, such as a raise or promotion.
Sexual harassment can make for a hostile work environment, which has a negative impact on every worker. Along with this, it can cost the company a lot of time and money.
Many people never believe they will become a victim of sexual harassment, but at some point, when they least expect it, they could be put in this unenviable position. By knowing your rights as an employee, as well as the two types of sexual harassment, you can better protect yourself.
If a person feels they have the right to take legal action, they may want to consult with an employment law attorney who has experience with these types of claims.
Source: FindLaw, “Sexual Harassment at Work” Dec. 04, 2014