Sexual harassment affects both genders. Often times people are unaware that this is abuse. When this type of behavior creates a hostile environment, people will experience anxiety and depression. These types of incidents go unreported, repeatedly causing a vicious cycle within businesses. Prevention and making abusers pay is the key to stopping sexual harassment.
Situations Harassment Takes Place
Sexual abuse and coercion happen in many different types of environments. Some of these include:
- Public establishments
Hostile Place to Work
Employers and employees fall victim to sexual harassment. This behavior is exhibited as anything from a hint to apparent sexual impropriety. Different types of sexual abuse that occur in the workplace can include:
- Quid pro quo - When an employer or person of authority offers advancement in exchange for sexual favors.
- Harassment - Ostensible behaviors such as offensive language, and discrimination, unwelcome physical touching, inappropriate sexual materials, and unwanted verbal comments.
- Sexual bullying - This is discrimination against someone for their gender and sexual orientation.
Equal Opportunity Employment Laws on Discrimination
Your rights are protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which dictates that a person cannot be discriminated against for race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or nationality. Several laws have been passed since this law was enacted to cover other areas of discrimination such as pregnancy and gender identity. Every business must follow these anti-discrimination guidelines.
If you have been let go as a result of your adverse legal actions from reporting harassment, this may be unlawful termination. If you feel that your employer is retaliating against you, it is time to seek advice from an attorney that specializes in sexual harassment.