Practice Areas: Sexual Harassment

columns.jpgSexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that can consist of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

To qualify as harassment, such conduct must affect an individual’s employment, unreasonably interfere with an individual’s work performance, or create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Harassment due to sex is unfair to both male and female employees. If a female is promoted or receives benefits more favorable than a male co-worker who is more talented, the male worker is affected unfairly.

Sexual harassment can cause severe emotional trauma and even physical sickness. Further, if a female refuses to provide requested personal favors from a supervisor or co-worker, she may be subject to retaliation. Such retaliation can and often does cause serious emotional and personal harm to that female worker and her family.