Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
If you’ve encountered sexual harassment in the workplace, you’re not alone. Sexual harassment can take many forms, but it boils down to violating a person’s right to be safe and comfortable at work.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and is a civil rights violation. It can range from verbal comments to physical touching or assault. While many people believe it is perpetrated by male bosses against female subordinates, sexual harassment can occur between all combinations of gender — male on female, male on male, female on male or female on female — and it can happen in many work environments and between co-workers in all types of relationships. Minnesota state and federal laws protect employees against sexual harassment and related wrongful termination. It’s important to understand the definition of sexual harassment including; what rights you have, and when you should contact a sexual harassment lawyer.
What Conduct May Be Considered Sexual Harassment?
Various conduct can constitute sexual harassment. We have advised and represented many employees struggling with things like:
- Unwanted sexual advances or touching
- Offensive joking, comments, emails or other unwanted communication
- Work retaliation or harassment based on the termination of a sexual relationship
- Offers of promotion or favorable treatment for sex
- Management that ignores reports of misconduct or retaliates against an employee for making a report or raising their concerns
Many people who are experiencing harassment may feel angry or disgusted, but they may also feel alone, afraid, and anxious about the harassment situation. Regardless of what you’re dealing with, we will listen to your problem, and we can fight for your rights if they have been violated. Contact us and talk to an attorney for no cost.
How Sexual Harassment Can Lead to Wrongful Termination
Unfortunately, many employees who experience sexual harassment in the workplace also find themselves a victim of wrongful termination or retaliation. In situations in which management staff is the perpetrator of workplace harassment, the risk of wrongful termination is particularly high. When an employee is fired after either reporting or refusing unwanted sexual conduct and advances, the employer may be in direct violation of state and federal laws that protect against not only sexual misconduct but wrongful termination.
What Actions Can Be Taken against Sexual Harassment?
The first step you can take against sexual harassment is to firmly tell the harasser to stop. If the conduct continues, contact a sexual harassment attorney, who can help you determine how to move forward in the situation in order to produce the best possible outcome. With the help of a wrongful termination lawyer in Minneapolis, you can determine the specific scope and impact of the harassment, as well as take legal action against any negative effects that you have experienced as a result, including wrongful termination or retaliation.
Are You Experiencing Workplace Sexual Harassment?
Contact Halunen Law
Don’t continue to suffer from sexual harassment. Minnesota state and federal laws are there to protect employees and guard against wrongful termination. Halunen Law employment attorneys are experienced in dealing with workplace sexual harassment cases and other difficult employment matters. During a free, confidential consultation, we can help you figure out if you have grounds to pursue legal action against an employer, or whether to deal with the problem in a different way. If you believe your rights under Minnesota sexual harassment law may have been violated, we urge you to contact our office today. Together, we can work to take a stand against wrongful termination and assert your legal workplace rights. Call us at 612-605-4098 to learn more.