Sexual harassment is an unfortunate problem that still exists in workplaces everywhere. When you get to the point where you feel the need to file a sexual harassment claim, it’s important to know what the law says about this issue, as it will help you make a better-informed decision on how to proceed. An Oklahoma City employment attorney can also help you to take the necessary steps and see to it that your issue is addressed correctly.
There are two types of sexual harassment claims: quid pro quo claims and hostile work environment claims.
Quid pro quo claims are claims in which sexual harassment may have been involved in an employment decision. Essentially, these are claims for scenarios that arise where you are sexual favors or other submission to sexual harassment is requested or required in order for you to continue to advance professionally, and that your submission or rejection of sexual harassment advances is used as a basis for employment decisions.
In other words, is your boss saying you need to sleep with them in order to get the promotion you have been working towards? Whether they are subtly implying it, or saying it outright, this is grounds for a quid pro quo sexual harassment claim.
A hostile work environment claim can be filed whenever your workplace is made to be intimidating, hostile, or offensive. This can include any form of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other conduct of a sexual nature which makes your work environment difficult. Courts generally consider a few factors when making a hostile environment determination, including the nature of the conduct (physical, verbal, etc.), how frequently the conduct was repeated, how many people took part in the harassment, and who the harasser(s) was (co-worker or superior).
In order to find out if you should bring a formal complaint to the court, seek the counsel of an experienced attorney with a detailed familiarity of employment law. A single instance of harassment may not be enough to file a formal complaint unless the instance is extremely severe.
At Mazaheri Law Firm, our team is dedicated to assisting workers with their employment law needs. We are experienced in sexual harassment cases, and take great pride in helping our clients get the outcome they need when their work environment becomes hostile.Trust your case to the Mazaheri Law Firm! Call us today and schedule your initial consultation by dialing 405.414.2222.