Sexual harassment is a form of sex/gender discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ”Sexual harassment” typically involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct. The behavior does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a worker’s sex.
Examples of Sexual Harassment:
- A supervisor asks you about your sex life
- A co-worker touches you inappropriately
- A co-worker sends you a text or email showing you his/her genitals
- A supervisor asks you out on a date
Generally, simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, does not constitute illegal sexual harassment. Rather, the complained of behavior must be so “frequent or severe” that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).
The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.
If you are experiencing harassment at work, contact Debes Law Firm for a free case evaluation here or call us at 713.623.0900.