One of the best ways to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace is to understand what it is. Many people may not even realize that they have been a victim of this type of harassment, or that they may be a harasser.
There are two types of sexual harassment. Quid Pro Quo involves an employer asking an employee or job applicant for a sexual favor in return for employment or other job benefit. Another, more prevalent, category of sexual harassment is a hostile work environment. This involves a supervisor, co-worker or customer making unwanted sexual comments or remarks and sometimes involves inappropriate touching.
To protect employees from harassment in the workplace, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Guidelines recommend that employers provide a clear explanation of prohibited conduct, assure that employees that make complaints or participate in an investigation are protected against retaliation, that confidentiality will be safe guarded, and that the complaint process will be prompt, thorough and impartial and result in immediate corrective action where appropriate.
Sexual Harassment is a form of sexual discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which also prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin and religion. Even though it is unlawful, many people across the country still face sexual harassment in the workplace. If you have been a victim of workplace discrimination or retaliation, contact the employment Law Offices of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson, PC for help today.