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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was one of the most significant pieces of legislature passed in the United States. According to the bill, discrimination in regard to ethnicity, race, religion, minority, etc. was outlawed, including discrimination in the workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is critical to members of the workforce in the United States.
Title VII ensures that employers cannot discriminate based color, religion, race, national origin, or sex, as this is a serious form of discrimination. The Title VII regulations apply to any employers “who has fifteen (15) or more employees for each working day in each of twenty or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year”. Discrimination of any kind is strictly prohibited within any industry in the labor force throughout the country. Sexual harassment at work is defined as a form of workplace discrimination, covered under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII.
From a legal perspective, sexual harassment is defined as any type of unwelcome or unwanted visual, physical, or verbal conduct that is of sexual nature which is persistent and thus affects ones ability to work in normal conditions or creates a volatile working environment.Phillips Law Group strongly believes in a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment. Those who have suffered due to inappropriate work behavior deserve justice.
If you or a loved one is seeking help for sexual harassment at work, our employee rights attorneys are available to make this uncomfortable process as easy as possible. We will listen to your case and then simply explain the potential options that you have in regard to pursuing a claim.
To learn more, please complete a Case Review form on this page.
Types of Sexual Harassment at Work
When in the workplace, employees expect a certain level of respect from their employers, as well as from the coworkers in which they work with. Unfortunately, however, sexual harassment is a common occurrence in many of the organization across the country. It is important to note that sexual harassment can come in several forms: verbal, written, nonverbal, physical, or visual. In addition, inappropriate conduct must be severe enough that it affects a working environment, creating a hostile atmosphere for those involved.
The following are some examples of a few common types of sexual harassment at work:
- Unwanted touching, gestures, offensive words, comments, jokes, etc.
- Inappropriate touching or any bodily contact
- Sexual assault
- Indecent exposure
- Lewd acts of any kind
- Inappropriate invitations
- Inappropriate gifts
- Any discussion of sexual content
- Explicit gestures
- Solicitation for sexual services
There is a wide variety of inappropriate actions that may constitute workplace sexual harassment. Due to the masses of reports involving sexual harassment in the workplace, the law protects the rights of the employee. While female cases are much more prevalent, sexual harassment can affect any person in the workplace.
If you or a loved one has suffered from inappropriate behavior, you deserve fair representation in the court of law. The staffs ofPhillips Law Group offers help for sexual harassment at work in Arizona, Utah, and California.
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What to do if Sexually Harassed at Work
In the United States, the employer is held responsible for any and all conduct of their employees, managers, and supervisors. When anyone within the organization behaves inappropriately, employers are accountable for any sexual harassment that takes places. Every company in the U.S. has a policy in place which applies to sexual harassment and the pending response to such lewd acts.
The following steps should be taken if you are sexually harassed at work:
- First, try to tell the harasser to stop immediately
- State that their behavior is inappropriate and offensive
- File a complaint to a supervisor within the organization
- Keep an accurate file of any instances of harassment, document every claim
- File a charge with the EEOC for a private lawsuit
While seeking help for sexual harassment at work is uncomfortable, victims must understand that they are not alone. Unfortunately, sexual harassment in the workplace happens often. Employees must be well aware of the policies regarding harassment in the employee handbook. In addition, employees are encouraged not to quit, as the Supreme Court states that the employer must be given the opportunity to correct the situation first prior to intervening.
Help for Sexual Harassment at Work
The staff ofPhillips Law Group has dedicated our time, energy, and efforts to protect the rights of individuals in Arizona, Utah, and California. We believe that those who have suffered from sexual harassment at work must be protected in their pursuit of justice. With this in mind, our attorneys are prepared to devote our years of experience and expert resources to seeking justice for victims of sexual harassment.
With offices located in Phoenix, AZ, Salt Lake City, UT, and San Diego, CA, our firm is able to represent people who have been sexually harassed in multiple states. If you believe that they behavior of a coworker, supervisor, managers, etc. is inappropriate or dangerous, you must act now.
Free consultation by phone: 1-800-706-3000 . No fees to start your case and no fees unless we win your case.
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