Phoenix Sexual Harassment Attorney
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.It can be characterized by undesired sexual advances, demands for sexual favors and other unwarranted actions with sexual connotation.You may have cause for a Phoenix sexual harassment lawsuit if these actions resulted in any of the following:
- Your employment was overtly affected.
- Your workflow was interrupted.
- An offensive or uncomfortable work environment was created.
If you believe that you or your loved one has been a victim of harassment in the workplace, contact our sexual harassment attorneys by completing the Free Case Evaluation form on this page.
Types of Workplace Sexual Harassment
Workplace sexual harassment can be separated into two categories: Quid Pro and Hostile Environment.
- Quid Pro This type of harassment involves a tangible financial loss.Quid Pro is characterized as when an employer or decision-maker promises benefits, such as a promotion, or threatens to terminate or demote an employee based on their refusal of sexual advances.
- Hostile Environment If an employee experiences pervasive or severe harassment due to the effects of employee misconduct in the workplace, this is considered hostile environment harassment.
Causes for Sexual Harassment Lawsuits
Sexual harassment can be any physical, verbal or visual unwanted sexual misconduct and can be a result of any of the following:
- Inappropriate touching
- Sexual confiding
- Sexual bullying
Victims and harassers can be a man or woman.Abuse can happen between two members of the same gender, as well.A harasser may be the victims boss, a manager from the same department or of a separate department of the victim, an agent of the employer, a coworker or even an individual who is not employed by the same organization.
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is intimidation, bullying or coercion of a sexual nature, or the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in return for sexual favors. Harassment does not only pertain to acts of a sexual nature, because offensive remarks about a person's sex are stilled considered sexual harassment.
Also, the victim and harasser can be a either a man or a woman. Furthermore, the victim and harasser can be of the same sex.
Subsets of Sexual Harassment
-Gender Discrimination are discriminatory comments directed to a person because of their gender. Some examples of Gender Description are:
- Asking employment candidates if they are married or planning on having children
- Claiming that a person is not fulfilling certain gender roles (example: Women Needing to Be More Feminine)
- Refusing to Hire Someone, because of perceived notion of position (example Man not receiving position because it is "a woman's job")
Sexual Orientation Discrimination
-Sexual Orientation Discrimination occurs when someone is discriminated against because they have traits not typical or associated of their gender.
-Retaliation occurs when an employee suffers a negative action after he or she has made a report of sexual harassment. Examples of illegal negative actions against an employee in order to dissuade them from making or supporting a sexual harassment discrimination charge are:
- Denial of Promotion
- Unfavorable Job Re-Assignment
Contact a Phoenix Sexual Harassment Attorney
At Phillips Law Group, our sexual harassment lawyers can evaluate your harassment claim to determine whether you have cause for legal recourse.This includes an investigation of the harassment, the employers response to the complaint, and the companys anti-harassment procedures and policies.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to sexual harassment victims or to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced Phoenix sexual harassment attorneys, complete the Free Case Evaluation form on this page.