Sexual harassment is a type of sex discrimination, and includes situations where there is an atmosphere of sexually based harassment and/or discrimination, including, for example, unwanted touching, unwanted comments and jokes, repeated unwanted requests for dates, and/or exchanging or display of sexually explicit photographs or materials. Sexual harassment also includes situations where an employee is asked to exchange sexual favors for favorable treatment ("quid pro quo"), such as a promotion, or to avoid negative treatment, such as a demotion or termination. This conduct may be a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and/or the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.
Statistics regarding sexual harassment in the workplace indicate harassment is widespread, but most sexual harassment is never reported. One in three women is likely to experience sexual harassment in the workplace. However, the majority of this harassment is never reported, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has estimated that 75 percent of all workplace harassment incidents go unreported.
Fortunately, more and more women are now speaking out about sexual harassment and reporting sexual harassment. #MeToo. If you are considering reporting sexual harassment, but have questions about the process, your rights, or what you may expect after you report sexual harassment, the employment lawyers at Bell & Bell LLP can provide valuable advice to assist you in considering what to do after you have the victim of sexual harassment.
Bell & Bell LLP's employment attorneys have successfully handled hundreds of workplace discrimination and harassment cases, many of which included claims of sexual harassment.
Determining whether to pursue a legal claim is an important decision. You should be aware of your rights and prepared to take action if your rights are violated. Bell & Bell LLP offers free initial consultations, and we will take the time necessary to understand your situation and concerns.
If you have been the victim of sexual harassment, you should seek immediate legal advice. For a consultation with an employment lawyer at Bell & Bell LLP regarding sexual harassment, call 215.569.2500 or contact us online.