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Sexual harassment in any capacity, whether it by a co-worker or supervisor, remains a problem for many workers. On one hand, the harassment may be making life unbearable, and on the other, victims may be afraid of losing their job if they report it. Every individual has a right to feel safe at his or her place of work. If you have experienced sexual harassment on the job, while at a job-related function, or from a work acquaintance when off the clock, speak with an informed and experienced Chicago sexual harassment attorney as soon as possible.
For a confidential consultation with a Chicago employment attorney, call The Zoldan Law Group PLLC at (312) 980-9992.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a form of sex discrimination pursuant to Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, sex or national origin in employment practices. Complaints of sexual harassment can be submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which identifies two types of workplace sexual harassment or abuse:
When speech or conduct is so severe and persistent that it creates an intimidating or demeaning work environment. This type of sexual harassment can occur, for example, if co-workers repeatedly make sexual jokes or display offensive pictures to you or other employees.
A Latin phrase which means “something for something,” involves demanding sexual favors in exchange for a benefit or to avoid punishment in the workplace. An example of this would be a supervisor offering to promote their subordinate if the employee agrees to perform a sex act.
Common examples of sexual harassment, include:
If you feel you have experienced sexual harassment, immediately take notes as to the specifics of the incident. Note the time and place of each occurrence, what was said and done, and the names of any witnesses. There is nothing too small to document. In addition, consider documenting your own work productivity while the incident(s) occurred or after.
Then consult your employee handbook or policies. If your employer has a sexual harassment policy in place, follow it and put complaints in writing. If you feel comfortable doing so, tell your supervisor about the behavior. If not, report the harassment to the human resources department or to the person responsible for workplace complaints.
There is also the option of notifying and filing a discrimination complaint with the EEOC. Although you don’t need an attorney to file a complaint, it is recommended, as they can help you with each step of the process and ensure justice is obtained.
Contact us at (312) 980-9992 to schedule a confidential initial consultation with an employment discrimination attorney who cares.