Sexual Harassment: For Employees
Sexual Harassment in the workplace is illegal under both federal and state law, if an individual’s gender / sex is at least related to the harassment that occurs. While the law generally distinguishes between two types of sexual harassment (quid pro quo or hostile work environment), most employees simply know they are not treated properly. When the treatment occurs in the workplace, employees want to know what protection and legal solutions exist. Many employees agonize over whether to report the harassment, how to respond to the harasser, and how to protect against future harassment or retaliation.
Having evaluated and handled more than 100 claims of workplace harassment, our firm has the experience, training, and tools needed to counsel, guide, and in appropriate circumstances – prosecute – sexual harassment cases.
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: For Employers
Small businesses are legally exposed to claims of sexual harassment as soon as the first employee is either interviewed or hired. Businesses are required to have written (not verbal) harassment policies, harassment notices, and methods for investigating and evaluating complaints. Small businesses must also identify how to prevent harassment from occurring, best practices for insulating the business against false claims, and how to respond to minimize exposure to such claims.
Businesses are required to have:
- Written (not verbal) harassment policies complying with Federal and
- Employee training regarding the plan.
- Notices in public places ensuring the complaint process is visible.
- Methods for investigating and evaluating complaints, minimizing exposure to such claims.
Having evaluated and handled more than 100 claims of workplace harassment, our firm has the experience, training, and investigative tools needed to properly respond to sexual harassment issues and events.
If you would like to consult with our firm regarding any workplace harassment situation, please call 408.796.7551, or fill out the contact form with a brief description of your issue.