Sexual harassment is something that no one should have to endure. No matter your gender, sexual orientation, or marital status, sexual harassment is never okay, and it is never warranted.
Unfortunately, sexual harassment continues to happen in the workplace, despite laws that aim to protect workers. Sexual harassment comes in many forms, and there is no singular way to define it. Generally speaking, it is any unwanted sexual activity, pressure, or advances that occur in the workplace.
Methods Sexual Harassment
It is important to remember that sexual harassment happens in many ways, and every situation looks a little bit differently. Harassers may use different methods to harass their victims, but all of them are unacceptable. These are some common methods of sexual harassment:
If you experience sexual harassment at your place of work, understand that there are a significant number of resources available to you. With the help of a trusted attorney, you can receive justice and compensation for your suffering.
Physical Sexual Harassment
Of harassment issues, physical sexual harassment is the most notorious and generally most easily identified. This can involve acts such as:
There are many more examples of physical sexual assault. If you feel as though you have experienced physical sexual assault, but the act is not on this list, you still may be eligible to take legal action.
Threatening Sexual Harassment
Threatening sexual harassment occurs when one person threatens to hurt another person physically, mentally, or emotionally if they do not submit to sexual activities.
This also includes threatening to fire someone, demote someone, cut someone’s hours, or cut someone’s pay if they do not submit to sexual activities. In many cases, this occurs between a manager or person in charge and someone under their supervision, as there is a clear hierarchy of power between the two people (quid-pro-quo).
Verbal Sexual Harassment
Verbal sexual harassment encompasses acts of a sexual nature that occur verbally. This can include activities such as:
Even though no physical activity occurs during verbal sexual harassment, it is still equally unacceptable and can still be traumatic to endure.