Sexual Harassment at Work by Non-Employees

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Sexual Harassment at Work by Non-Employees

Although workplace sexual harassment occurs most often between employees, an employee can also sue his or her employer for sexual harassment caused by third parties (non-employees) at work. Third parties responsible for sexual harassment at a workplace are usually customers.

There is not much difference between sexual harassment by employees and non-employees at work. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) addresses the liability of employers for third-party sexual harassment.

According to the EEOC, the following facts may be sufficient to make employers liable for workplace third-party sexual harassment:

How Can Employers Avoid Liability for Sexual Harassment at Work?

To ensure that the work environment is harassment-free, employers should taking the following steps:

Should I Contact an Attorney?

As an employee, if you feel that your employer had not adequately addressed instances of sexual harassment, you may need help from a qualified sexual harassment lawyer. A lawyer will help you understand your rights and will guide you through the legal process if you have a potential lawsuit against your employer.

If you are an employer, you may need a qualified employment lawyer to evaluate your company’s sexual harassment policies.

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Last Modified: 01-23-2014 03:09 PM PST

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