Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which was signed into law in 1964, prohibits an employer from sexually harassing an employee in the workplaces.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sexual harassment occurs “when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.”
Sexual harassment can take on many different forms. From sexually explicit emails, voice and text messages to physical contact such as rubbing someone’s back or grabbing an employee around the waist or interfering with the employee’s ability to move around.
What to do if you are being sexually harassed at work:
- First and foremost tell the harasser, in no uncertain terms, that there advances and behavior is unwelcome and must stop.
- Report the harassment to your employer. The law provides that your employer must have an opportunity to stop the harassment. If they do not know about it they can’t do anything about.
If the harassment continues after it is reported it is important to:
- Discuss the harassment with friends and family members.
- Discuss the harassment with your doctor.
- If your fellow employees are witness to the harassment ask them for written statements. Be prepared that some employees may not want to get involved.
- Keep a diary of the harassment. Record who said it, what was said and when it was said.
- Unwanted physical contact such as kissing or groping is sexual assault. Contact the local authorities to report the attack.
WE UNDERSTAND & RESPECT YOUR FEELINGS
These offenses are not about sex. It is about power. Typically, such behavior is designed to humiliate and control. It is not your fault. It is normal to feel embarrassed and angry by unwanted, unflattering attention or demands. Often, sexual harassers think that they will be protected by your normal reactions. Usually, they think you will remain quiet to avoid embarrassment or to protect your job.
We recognize how distressing it is for victims to discuss their situation with anyone, especially an attorney. However, from a practical standpoint, if you believe that you have been a victim of of these acts and want to seek legal redress against your harasser(s), you need to take the first step by contacting a qualified discrimination attorney experienced in Sexual harassment law.
Donald W. Fohrman & Associates, Ltd., Chicago’s premiere full-service Personal Injury firm has assembled a team of qualified discrimination attorneys with over 20 years experience in successfully prosecuting sexual harassment law cases.
Donald W. Fohrman & Associates, Ltd., provides significant legal and practical information about Sexual harassment law and free, no obligation evaluations of the merits of your claim.
For this purpose, we provide on our site a Confidential Contact Form where you can describe your circumstances in as much detail as you like. One of our qualified discrimination attorneys will evaluate the merits of your claim and respond to you by E-mail or if you prefer, by telephone within 48 hours. If you would like a free, no obligation telephone consultation simply contact our office by calling anytime, toll-free at 800-437-2571.