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What is considered sexual harassment?

| Jul 12, 2017 | Sexual Harassment |

Workers in Missouri like you deserve to go to your job without any fear of being discriminated against or harassed. Fortunately, there are laws in place that are meant to protect you from these serious workplace problems. At Thornberry Brown, LLC, we work with the law to help you combat any workplace discrimination you might face.

The first step to combating sexual harassment is understanding what is considered to be sexual harassment. Unfortunately many women, possibly including yourself, believe that sexual harassment only occurs if direct physical contact is made. That is untrue. If you have suffered from any of the following actions, you have been a victim of sexual harassment:

  • Lewd or inappropriate comments
  • Sexual advances
  • Demands for sexual favors or contact
  • Being treated unfairly because of your sex
  • Being touched inappropriately

Additionally, if you have been retaliated against for refusing someone’s sexual advance, this is also considered sexual harassment.

As you can see, actual physical contact is one potential issue, but it’s certainly not the only one. Many times, those who suffer from sexual harassment are the butt of inappropriate jokes or deal with coworkers or employers making unwanted sexual remarks or advances. Just because physical touching doesn’t occur, that doesn’t mean the action or words involved aren’t sexual harassment.

It should be everyone’s right to be employed in a workplace that is free of sexual harassment or discrimination. Defending yourself against this mistreatment is a step in the right direction. To read more about discrimination in the workplace and what you can do if you’ve been a victim, take a look around our web page.