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What Is Workplace Sexual Harassment?

Workplace sexual harassment can happen gradually over time or suddenly in an instance. It might occur before the worker recognizes the nature of the transgression, at a company get-together when an employer has had too much to drink, or during a business trip.

There are no restrictions on how sexual harassment “must” occur in order for the employee to have grounds to file a complaint. It includes any unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that relates to or affects the individual’s job.

Contact Texas Personal Injury Lawyers if you’re unsure whether you’ve been the target of sexual harassment. We are experts in sexual harassment claims and We will be sympathetic to you and will grasp what you’ve been through since we understand how stressful it is. Contact us for a free case evaluation right now.

We will first make a complaint on your behalf to your employer. If they do not deal with it to your satisfaction, we shall then make a claim in the Employment Tribunal.

Defining Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

Workplace sexual harassment is defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to the EEOC, something isn’t sexual harassment if it’s a one-time occurrence, “trivial joking,” or an offhand remark. When it comes to sexual harassment, the courts define recurring or severe behavior that creates a hostile work environment or harms an employee’s job performance as unlawful. Sexual harassers may be men or women and can hold any position in the workplace. Sexual harassment in the workplace can occur between people of any gender or between sexes. Same-sex sexual harassment, like opposite-sex sexual harassment, has the potential to be harmful. There are a number of examples of workplace unlawful sexual harassment:

  • Attempted rape
  • Obscene sexual gestures or expressions
  • Pressure for dates or sex
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual comments
  • Sexual innuendos
  • Unwanted communication of a sexual nature
  • Unwanted sexual teasing or inappropriate jokes
  • Unwanted touching or grabbing
  • Unwelcome sexual advances
  • Whistling or cat calls

Sexual harassment can be physical, vocal, or non-verbal in nature. You don’t have to wait for the offender to touch you physically before reporting sexual harassment. looks, movements, poses, and verbal comments that create a hostile working environment may be enough to qualify as sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can come in many forms. If you’re not sure whether something is sexual harassment, talk to a member of your company’s human resources staff. Make an official complaint against the offender. If nothing changes after that, consult with a lawyer.

Filing A Sexual Harassment Claim

Your next step after lodging a complaint with HR may be to contact the EEOC. You have 180 days from the date of the incident to bring a claim in most cases. If there is a law prohibiting bias in a particular state or locality, this period is extended to 300 days. However, the sooner you report, the sooner you will get a favorable result in your case. The clock starts ticking as of the date of the most recent incidence if your situation is ongoing. Federal workers have a separate complaint mechanism from other employees.

How To File A Sexual Harassment Claim Against Your Employer

The EEOC will look into your claim and send someone to your workplace. If it decides that your complaint is valid, you may be able to settle it through mediation. Mediation is a non-adversarial forum in which a third party serves as a mediator. An investigator will take over the case if mediation fails. The right to sue follows an investigation that does not reveal any illegal activity. At this stage, you have the option of bringing a civil lawsuit against Texas’s courts. For legal advice and guidance, retain an attorney at all times throughout your sexual harassment incident.

Contact Texas Sexual Harassment Lawyers

Texas Sexual Harassment Lawyers is a law firm with experience handling personal injury and employment issues. We understand the federal, state, and local anti-discrimination and sexual harassment legislation and the know-how to address your unique scenario. We can provide you with personalized support and assistance during this trying time in your life. 

Call our legal team immediately at (888) 997-2148 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced sexual harassment lawyers and it will be your initial step toward receiving fair and just compensation. We take cases on a contingency fee basis and there are no costs unless we win, and the consultation is completely free.