You go to work to earn a living. You need your job because, without it, you can’t provide food, a place to live, and the other necessities of life for your househould.
While your wages are important, your job is more to you than just a paycheck. You’re proud to be employed, you’re proud of the work you do every day, and your peers, friends and family admire you for it. You also enjoy the relationships you’ve developed with your coworkers and customers. Because you work hard, you spend more time with the people at work than you do with your family. Under the right circumstances, your coworkers are your teammates, mentors, leaders, friends, and even romantic interests. Relationships with other employees are a source of great joy to you when they are mutual and respectful, but they become a nightmare when a coworker shows an unwelcome sexual interest in you.
Sexual harassment at work can ruin the aspects of your job that you prize. It makes your work environment uncomfortable, humiliating, threatening, hostile, and, at times, intolerable. It deprives you of your confidence and the pride you take in your job. It also interferes with your focus on your work and, as a result, your work suffers. No longer able to excel in the performance of your job duties, the harassment jeopardizes your job security and career potential. There is nothing more painful and embarrassing than to lose a job for reasons entirely beyond your control. Once the harassment strips you of your job, you must reenter the job market and potentially accept a job with much lower wages, benefits, earning potential and recognition than you enjoyed before.Sexual harassment by your boss can be a nightmare. You can bring harassment claims against your employer, your supervisor, and coworkers if they commit the harassment. You may be entitled to monetary compensation from a court of law if you endured harassment at your place of employment. When harassment becomes so intolerable that you are forced to resign, you may bring a constructive discharge claim to court. The harassment laws generally permit you to seek attorney fees from your employer if you prevail in the lawsuit.