When sexual harassment happens in the workplace, the employers may be liable for the harms caused to the victims rather than the perpetrators. When employers are found to have failed to stop harassment that is occurring or to take steps to prevent it, they may face penalties that are imposed by the courts. In many cases, the harassers will not be legally liable to pay damages, but they may face consequences that are imposed by their employers. The attorneys at Swartz Swidler help victims of workplace sexual harassment to recover monetary compensation for their harms while also helping to ensure that their employers are appropriately punished for their failures to act or their illegal retaliation.
Office of Civil Rights. The Department of State is committed to providing a workplace that is free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment in the workplace is against the law and will not be tolerated. When the Department determines that an allegation of sexual harassment is credible, it will take prompt and appropriate corrective action. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:.
Sexual Harassment Policy
Harassment cases are treated differently in all states and on the Federal level. Harassment charges are given depending on the offense that the harasser committed. Some harassment charges offer a slap on the wrist, while others offer jail time in conjunction with lost wages or other consequences.
For free and confidential legal advice about this topic, you can contact us here. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual behaviour which in circumstances where a reasonable person would anticipate you might be offended, humiliated or intimidated. This could include unwelcome:. For behaviour to be sexual harassment, it must be unwelcome. So behaviour of a sexual nature which you agree or consent to, such as flirting, is not sexual harassment.