Sexual harassment is, unfortunately, a common occurrence in modern workplaces and there is still substantial stigma surrounding the discussion of the issue, making matters worse. For a variety of reasons, including fear of retaliation, most instances of sexual harassment are not reported to human resources and the perpetrator feels comfortable continuing their unwanted behavior. No one should have to suffer through sexual harassment of any form, especially in their place of work. There are legal recourses that protect victims from harassment, loss of work, demotions, and any other form of retaliations that employers may use to punish victims for coming forward with harassment. Sexual harassment has many forms in the workplace, including:
- Lewd Jokes: inappropriate or sexual jokes are a form of harassment that you do not have to endure. Whether they were spoken directly to you or within your vicinity, these type of jokes have no place in the workplace. In addition, any other inappropriate verbal language, such as asking for sexual favors, commenting on a coworker’s appearance, or spreading rumors of a sexual nature, should also be prohibited in the workplace.
- Physical touch: this may involve butt slapping, another worker placing their hand on your knee, or groping. You have a right to you own bodily autonomy and anyone who chooses to ignore that should be held accountable for their actions.
- Quid pro quo: also known as “this for that,” this violation involves a coworker asking for sexual favors in exchange for preferential treatment at work, such as promotions or receiving more desirable assignments. This often happens with a boss, which makes victims afraid to come forward. No matter what their status in the company, no one should be able to harass you or make you uncomfortable in any way, and there are legal protections to keep you and your job safe.
If you have been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, there are legal recourses which can protect you, and you may be entitled to compensation for the suffering you have endured. It is important to have a knowledgeable and compassionate lawyer on your side in these cases, and The Benton Law Firm is dedicated to providing our clients with the utmost compassion and care. It is often difficult for victims to come forward in these cases, but there is help and the people who participate in sexually aggressive behaviors should be held accountable for their actions. If you have any questions or would like to speak to one of our experienced Dallas sexual harassment attorneys, please contact us at (214) 219-4878 today.