Have you experienced unwanted sexual advances in the workplace? Have you felt threatened, intimidated, scared, or worried about your career if you do not give in to a supervisor’s requests? Do you work in an environment where you feel like you are being objectified or sexualized rather than being allowed to just do your job? If so, you may be experiencing sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment is actually just another form of employment discrimination, except it is based on sex, as opposed to race, age, or some other factor. If you believe you have been the victim of sexual harassment, you may have options. In fact, your employer may even owe you compensation, especially if you have been terminated for refusing advances or for speaking up. For help protecting your rights, call Five Points Law Group today.
Sexual harassment can come in many forms. On the extreme side, you have quid pro quo (means “this for that”). This usually happens when someone in a position of authority offers something in exchange for sexual favors. For instance, a promotion, job offer, or even the right to keep your job may be explicitly (or implicitly) made contingent upon you giving in to advances or accepting an invitation to go on a date.
Of course, sexual harassment does not always have to be the over-the-top obvious things like having your job depend on sexual favors. It can also be subtle and insidious. For instance, perhaps a coworker keeps asking you out and you keep refusing. Not getting the hint, the coworker starts rumors about you or begins telling sexual jokes about you as a way of retaliating. This too can be sexual harassment.
The key is, if you are not comfortable with the conduct, you make this known, and it continues, then you may very well have a case of sexual harassment.
Many times it is not even the victim who receives the most severe punishment. Other workers who speak up or report the conduct to management may be terminated or have promotions withheld in retaliation. This type of conduct is unlawful. If you have suffered retaliation for reporting sexual harassment, you too may have a claim against your employer.
Do not delay in speaking with an experienced Alabama sexual harassment lawyer. Time is limited for you to speak up and file a claim. The longer you wait to take action, the harder it can be to protect your rights. Memories fade, witnesses move away, and as time passes, you may find it harder to prove your case. Just remember, you are not alone. You have a right to go to work and be treated with dignity and respect. No employer, supervisor, manager, or coworker has any right to put your career in jeopardy simply due to your gender, race, sexual identity, or orientation. The same is true of sex.
If you have suffered at the hands of an employer who will not take actions to protect your rights, call Five Points Law Group, and learn about your legal options today.