What Is Gender Harassment?

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What Is Gender Harassment?

Gender harassment, or gender-based harassment, occurs when a person harasses another based on their gender or gender identity. The harassment does not need to be based on anything of a sexual nature. Instead, gender harassment usually involves stereotypes based on the roles and functions associated with a particular gender.

Workplace gender harassment laws are similar to Title IX laws, which prevent gender harassment and discrimination in school settings. In an employment and work setting, gender harassment can occur between co-workers, between a supervisor and a subordinate, and in various other settings.

What Are Some Examples of Gender Harassment?

A wide range of conduct can be considered gender workplace harassment. This conduct can include actions such as:

Are There Any Legal Remedies for Gender Harassment?

Gender harassment can result in various remedies, including:

In many instances, gender harassment will also include some elements of gender discrimination. In such cases, legal remedies may include:

Lastly, some gender harassment cases may be filed as a class action lawsuit if many different employees are affected by the same issue.

Should I Hire a Lawyer for Gender Harassment Claims?

Gender harassment in the workplace is a serious issue and often requires legal action. It may be in your best interests to hire an employment law attorney in your area if you need assistance with a gender harassment claim. Your attorney can research the laws to determine what course of action is most appropriate for your situation. If you need to file a claim with the EEOC or with the court, your lawyer can provide legal representation during those processes.

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Last Modified: 11-02-2015 09:47 AM PST

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