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Sexual Harassment Archives

Why are victims of sexual harassment reluctant to report?

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue that impacts both women and men. However, when an incident occurs many people are reluctant to report the matter to the proper authorities, and the reasons for this are often quite complex. Psychology Today explains why it's so difficult for victims fo sexual harassment in the workplace to make the matter known. 

Sexual harassment and PTSD

When someone is sexually harassed at work, their personal and professional life may unravel in many ways. They may have to step down and find less lucrative work, or they may become stressed out or depressed as a result of the way they have been treated. There are many ways in which sexual harassment manifests in the workplace, and the consequences of this mistreatment can be significant. In some instances, those who have experienced sexual harassment may develop post-traumatic stress disorder, which can disrupt life tremendously. Moreover, some people struggle with PTSD without realizing the symptoms or the cause of this trauma.

How can employers support transgender workers?

Transgender employees in Missouri must be afforded the same rights and respect as all other workers. When employers fail to take the proper steps workers can easily feel excluded or worse, which subjects them to an unnecessarily hostile working environment. To ensure employers know the proper steps to take when it comes to transgender workers, PersonnelToday.com offers the following advice. 

What is gender-based harassment?

No matter where you work in Missouri, it is important to understand the rules that govern workplace behavior. With this information, you may ensure you act appropriately at the office and also know what to do if you experience some form of harassment at work. One issue you may not hear about often is gender-based harassment. This form of sexual harassment may not involve explicit sexual behavior, but it is still unethical and may violate certain workplace laws.

What constitutes pregnancy discrimination in the workplace?

If a Missouri applicant or employee is treated differently or unfavorably because they are pregnant, just had a child or has a medical condition related to childbirth or pregnancy, the employer may be violating the law. According to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits employers from discriminating in pay, hiring, firing, promotions, job assignments, training, layoff and fringe benefits based on the pregnancy.

Requirements for a quid pro quo sexual harassment claim

The workplace is where most Missouri adults spend the majority of each day. Moving up in an organization typically requires extra duties and new challenges. However, when it also includes an authority figure suggesting that a sexual favor can ensure the promotion, it becomes sexual harassment. At Thornberry Brown, LLC, our experienced team often represents clients pursuing harassment claims.

How do you tell employers about sexual harassment?

When you encounter sexual harassment at your Missouri job, you may sometimes feel you cannot do anything about the situation. However, it is important for you to take action, and this means you need to know what you should do when someone sexually harasses you on the job. 

What should I know about sexual harassment?

Missouri workplaces must strive to create an inclusive environment for all employees. Ensuring sexual harassment is properly addressed is just one component of this, as a hostile work environment can cause stress to employees and also result in serious legal consequences. In this case, Rainn.org offers the following information on what both workers and managers should know about sexual harassment.

How should I deal with sexual harassment at work?

Unwanted advances and overtly sexual language in the office can be tough to deal with. In some cases, unwanted romantic gestures, lewd comments, or even jokes are sexual harassment, and as a result these actions carry some serious penalties. WorkplaceFairness.org explains what you can do if you’re experiencing what you believe is sexual harassment at your place of work.

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