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Sexual Harassment Archives

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?

Business owner acknowledges company's harassment culture problems

The issue of sexual harassment in the workplace has seemingly been at the forefront of public awareness both in Kansas City and throughout the rest of the U.S. One of the issues that has come to light as a result of the many accusations that have come forth is the seemingly conducive environments that had been created over many years that allowed this sort of harassment to occur. In many cases, victims spoke of being afraid to report what had happened for fear of the power that their harassers possessed. Some may say that this caused many who suspected or even witnessed such abuse to occur to turn a blind eye. 

What constitutes sexual harassment?

You may have noticed that recently, there have been several high-profile cases involving claims of sexual harassment, and Missouri is not immune. Allegations of misconduct have been leveled against many celebrities and politicians. You may think some incidents are not as bad as others, but they can all fall under the broad term of sexual harassment.

Stamping out sexual harassment

Recently, a considerable amount of media coverage has focused on sexual harassment as a result of allegations involving celebrities. However, it is important to keep in mind that sexual harassment happens in all sorts of industries, affecting those who have white-collar office jobs, perform manual labor, or are employed in any type of industry. For employers, it is essential to stamp out sexual harassment as soon as it is identified. Better yet, it should be prevented, since this harassment can create serious hardships for victims and the company as a whole. Unfortunately, our law firm knows that many of these incidents are swept under the rug.

There are two kinds of actionable sexual harassment

Missouri workers outside of the entertainment industry are not immune to the travesties of sexual harassment the employment setting. In recent weeks, the scourge of sexual harassment in the workplace has come front and center in the national news due to the movie industry’s apparent allowances. However, much confusion may still exist with regard to what is and is not sexual harassment in the workplace.

Do comments need to be directed at you to be harassment?

It is likely universally understood that when you place a group of individuals together in an office environment in Kansas City, there will inevitably be conflicts in personality between at least some of them. For example, one of your coworkers may have a tendency to tell jokes or stories that are off-colored or sexual in nature. While not necessarily directed at you, such talk may make you feel uncomfortable. The question is does it qualify as sexual harassment? 

Employee sues state agency after termination

Most people employed in Missouri know that there are very clear laws defining what may be identified as sexual harassment and what is allowed or not allowed in the workplace. Employers in both the private and the public sector should work to create environments safe from such behavior. They should also make employees feel safe about reporting suspected sexual harassment. Unfortunately this may not always actually happen.

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