Workplace sexual harassment refers to unwanted and offensive sexual conduct or commentary in the workplace. It is unlawful to harass an employee because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.
Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex. Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted). The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer. You have the right to feel comfortable in your place of employment.
As a sexual harassment lawyer, I can help you define and keep record of workplace sexual harassment. I have successfully represented victims throughout Florida and can possibly help you. If you are the victim of unwanted and offensive sexual conduct during your workday, please contact a sexual harassment lawyer at (866) 316-0555 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free case review.
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