Help is Available if You Have Been Sexually Harassed
The law requires employers to provide a workplace that is safe, welcoming and free of sexual harassment. When the law is violated, victims of illegal behavior have recourse. At our Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, law firm, The Employment Rights Group, our lawyers help people who have been sexually harassed on the job. We offer advice, provide options and take action on behalf of clients who have been victimized by harassing behavior. To learn how we help clients, contact an employments rights attorney. Call us toll free at Examples of Sexual Harassment
An employee needs to take action if there are behaviors such as these in the workplace:
- Unwanted jokes and comments of a sexual or suggestive nature
- Unwanted distribution or display of sexually-charged written material, images or objects
- Unwanted flirtatious behavior, sexual advances or suggestions
- Unwanted touching or making bodily contact
These behaviors constitute sexual harassment for one of two reasons: either they are quid pro quo (an employee is threatened with termination or demotion if he or she does not comply with a request for sexual favors); or they represent a hostile workplace (an employee is unable to perform his or her job because of the sexually-charged environment). In either case, the employer is responsible for correcting the situation. Employees should consult with an employment law attorney if they believe they have been sexually harassed.
Retaliation — It's Just as Bad as Harassment
It is against the law for an employer to take action against an employee who has complained about sexual harassment, filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or instituted a lawsuit. Our attorneys can help determine whether your employer has retaliated against you.
How an Employment Lawyer Can Help
Our attorneys empower clients to fight back. We consult with employees to advise them about their rights, help them understand the laws that apply and choose the best strategy to respond to the harassment. Such strategies may involve helping the client resolve the problem by himself or herself, intervening with the employer on behalf of the employee, filing a complaint with the EEOC or initiating a lawsuit. We select the most cost-effective approach to help our clients stop harassment.
Consult an Employment Lawyer
If you believe you have experienced sexual harassment, contact our employment lawyers. Call us toll free at