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Sexual Harassment Archives

Can sexual harassment occur via social media?

In this increasingly digitized world employers must take extra steps to prevent sexual harassment from occurring. This includes tamping down on harassment that takes place over social media, which is becoming more and more common among workers. HR.BLR.com offers the following advice in this case, which can help both employers as well as employees cut back on instances of harassment in the workplace.

When sexual harassment is ignored or denied

For sexual harassment victims, there may be many challenges to work through. As if being subjected to sexual harassment is not tough enough, some victims face additional problems. For example, sexual harassment in the workplace may be completely ignored by managers and co-workers, resulting in a particular individual being subjected to sexual harassment relentlessly. In the event that a victim decides to stand up for themselves, their claims may be rejected and perpetrators and even witnesses may deny that any sexual harassment occurred. Our law office knows how upsetting this can be from a victim's standpoint, but it is crucial to remain committed to seeking justice.

How can you tell if your work environment is hostile?

Each day when you go to work, you have the right to perform your job responsibilities in a safe and controlled work environment. Depending on the industry that you are a part of in Missouri, you may face unique risks that are related to your line of work. However, you should never be fearful of the actions of others or have to deal with repetitive harassment while at work. When you understand what a hostile work environment is, you can be aware of behaviors that you should report immediately to protect yourself and your career. 

How can I prevent retaliation after reporting sexual harassment?

One reason many employees stay silent about sexual harassment in the workplace is they fear retaliation from their employers. According to a study on Vox, employer retaliation is so prevalent in the workplace that 75 percent of workers have experienced it. Though there are laws to protect them against it, it is still a common practice in many Kansas City workplaces and across the country. It is unlawful for employers to take retaliatory actions, such as demoting, reducing pay, reassigning position, unfavorable performance evaluations and harassment against workers who report sexual harassment. 

Former workers file lawsuit against controversial restaurant

Certain industries and individual companies may embrace sexuality as a marketing tool. They may rely on actions and policies that others may view as being in poor taste as ways to increase their notoriety through controversy. Some might say that those who work for such employers understand they environment that they are going into, and should not then be shocked when asked to do things that seemingly objectify them. However, no matter the industry one works is, he or she has the right to abstain from activities he or she may feel are inappropriate, and to report the requests and/or pressure to engage in such actions as harassment. 

Sexual harassment: current training and policies

With the #MeToo movement still fresh on America's mind, many Missouri residents have witnessed a shift in attitudes toward sexual harassment as a whole. Contrary to what the average employee might believe, sexual harassment is a topic that has not gotten the full attention it needs; while the country may be taking steps forward, countless workers face difficult situations. 

Explaining constructive discharge

For many of those who experience sexual harassment in the workplace in Kansas City, the office environment can become so bad that they feel as though they have no choice but to quit. Some may think that doing so would seemingly solve all of their problems; after all, they would no longer be subjected to the harassing behavior that was causing them such stress. Yet the question must be asked as to how could an employer allow a situation to become so bad that employees would be forced to contemplate quitting, and whether or not they may be held liable for such action (or inaction). 

What if you acquiesce to unwanted advances?

Many of the stories involving sexual harassment and assault that are currently making the news both in Kansas City and throughout the rest of the U.S. involve actual encounters. Such stories often turn into cases of "he said, she said," with the victim claiming he or she was not a willing participant, while the accused claims that the encounter was consensual. Like most, you may think that cases of sexual harassment are limited to those where you report unwanted advances to a superior. Yet what if you acquiesce to them? 

How can I tell if I'm being sexually harassed?

Given the current climate sweeping across the nation regarding sexual harassment, it makes sense that Missouri's employees are checking out how their own state defines the issue. If you are part of Missouri's workforce, you can rest assured that there are legal protections in place for such cases. Of course, these protections offer much more assistance when you are able to recognize instances of sexual harassment at the time when they occur.

The importance of safe working and social environments

Recent events, combined with today's general political climate, have opened the door for much discussion on the topic of sexual harrassment. An issue that plagues America today, inappropriate behavior and remarks are being investigated and -- to many victims' relief -- addressed legally. Despite this step forward in recognizing the abuse that dominates a plethora of work places and other social settings, a great number of men and women experience harassment each day. But what, exactly, does the term sexual harassment encompass, and how can Missouri residents become more knowledgeable about the issue?

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