Harassment in the workplace generally consists of conduct that is offensive, repressive, unwanted, or unwarranted in a work environment. There are two basic forms of harassment in the workplace: hostile work environment and sexual. Harassment in the workplace can come in many forms:
Hostile work environment harassment consists of ongoing conduct that is considered highly offensive and discriminatory against a person’s race, gender, religious beliefs, or other characteristics.
Sexual harassment consists of behavior such as unwanted sexual advances, vulgar or offensive language, or requests to perform sexual favors in exchange for promotions or benefits. All types of workplace harassment are considered very serious and are often met with very strict legal penalties.
Penalties and remedies for harassment in the workplace may come in many forms. The type or types of remedies issued by a judge will depend on the exact type of harassment involved, as well as the nature of the damages or losses experienced by the plaintiff. Common harassment remedies include:
In addition, some harassment cases may need to be processed by a government agency such as the EEOC, especially if the harassment involves discrimination in any way. This may result in additional investigations into the situation, as well as other remedies proposed by the agency.
Harassment in the workplace is illegal under state and federal laws. The typical procedure for filing a sexual harassment claim is as follows:
You should be prepared to take several steps in connection with your harassment claim. Most state laws require you to “exhaust the possible remedies” before you can file a lawsuit.
In particular, filing with a government agency such as EEOC is usually required before you can file a civil lawsuit.
Harassment in the workplace can often lead to some very serious legal consequences. You may need to hire an employment lawyer if you need help pursuing remedies for a harassment case.
Your attorney can help research the laws in your state to help you understand what your options might be in terms of remedies. Also, if you need to file with the EEOC or if you need to file a private lawsuit, your lawyer can represent you during those processes as well.
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