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Understanding sexual harassment occurring on the job

On Behalf of | May 10, 2023 | Sexual Harrassment

Whether it is in person or in a remote setting, employees should feel comfortable interacting with their employer and the colleagues they work with. Unfortunately, this does not always occur. For some, instances of sexual harassment can make it challenging and even impossible to remain in the work environment or with the employer.

As such, it is important that employees understand this situation. This can help them better explore their rights and what legal actions they can take to stop the harassment and seek compensation for the damages suffered as a result of the sexual harassment experienced on the job.

Sexual harassment at work

At Colorado Employee Advocates, our attorneys understand the seriousness and sensitivity a claim of sexual harassment can bring to the table. As such, we diligently work with employees to successfully address a hostile work environment caused by sexual harassment.

Each allegation of sexual harassment is unique and should be treated as such. Our law firm takes the time to fully understand the facts and circumstances of the situation. This not only helps the employee take immediate action, but it also helps establish what laws are relevant and the legal actions available.

Types of sexual harassment

Sexual harassment cases that are recognized under Title VII were those that involved the sexual blackmail of an employee. In other words, the condition of continued employment or a promotion was based on the requirement of the employee to submit to a sexual act.

Instances of sexual harassment could also look like a hostile work environment. Under this theory, an employee could recover from a hostile work environment due to sexual harassment if the offensive conduct became a condition of employment or it was so severe or pervasive that a reasonable person would deem it intimidating, hostile or abusive.

Navigating a situation of sexual harassment on the job is challenging and emotional. Thus, it is important to get the information and support you need when moving forward with a legal action.