Sexual harassment received national attention in the United States during the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991. After Anita Hill testified that Thomas sexually harassed her, the number of sexual harassment claims in the workplace increased 58 percent. Now, sexual harassment on the job is more widely recognized and, rightfully, no longer tolerated. Unfortunately, many Texas workers still encounter sexual harassment at work, which often then creates hostile work environments.
However, you do not have to put up with this unlawful behavior. Do you think that acts of sexual harassment by a coworker, a boss or a non-employee on the job are making a workplace hostile? If so, then you should consult a North Dallas hostile work environment lawyer immediately. Sexual harassment attorney Dan A. Atkerson can help put an end to this offensive atmosphere. This may or may not include filing a harassment lawsuit on your behalf to stop the harassment for you, your coworkers and future employees at your company.
Sexual Harassment Attorney Explains Types of Hostile Work Environments in Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Richardson and More
There are two types of sexual harassment:
- Quid pro quo harassment, meaning “this for that,” occurs when a superior at work threatens to fire or refuses to promote a subordinate if he or she rejects sexual advances. That is, if an employee refuses to have sex with the boss, the boss will fire or pass the employee over for a promotion.
- Hostile work environment harassment is sexual harassment that is pervasive and contributes to an uncomfortable work environment. This can include off-color jokes, sexually explicit e-mails, sexually explicit screensavers, posters or graffiti and unnecessary verbal or physical contact.
A work environment can become toxic if sexual harassment is ignored or goes unaddressed. If you complained to your employer’s human resources department or a superior and they ignored your concerns, talk to a lawyer. Our Collin County hostile work environment lawyer helps you to explore your options and rights under hostile work environment laws.
How to Handle Hostile Work Environments
To address sexual harassment, many companies offer training and diversity workshops to their employees. This is in the hope that it will prevent the situation and decrease the chances of hostile work environments. However, not all companies offer this. Furthermore, possibly even worse, many companies that do provide it still ignore complaints of sexual harassment and hostile work environment. If you face sexual harassment at work, you owe it to yourself to learn your rights. We offer a free, confidential attorney consultation. We can discuss how the sexual harassment you face made your job unnecessarily stressful and intimidating.