Does Sexual Harassment Have to Include Sex?

Posted on : July 31, 2018
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Although you hope that you’re never in a situation in which you have to accuse someone of sexual harassment, it’s a good idea to be educated about the issue just in case. The support from a dedicated lawyer can be essential if lodging a claim against someone at work due to allegations of sexual harassment.

One of the most commonly misunderstood aspects of sexual harassment claims is that it does not have to involve sex directly. Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of different types of workplaces, even involving sexual harassment carried out by women against men. Harassment, however, does not have to involve any physical contact at all. In fact, words alone can be enough to demonstrate the severity of a sexual harassment claim. Conduct that appears to be sexual in nature but does not include any direct physical, sexual contact is still sexual harassment for the purposes of lodging a complaint or even filing a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Behavior that is classified as sexual in nature includes many situations that people most commonly think of in connection with sexual harassment, including the sharing of pornographic pictures, direct sexual advances, lewd remarks, repeated requests for dates and sexual jokes. In addition to this type of behavior, sexual harassment might also include physical contact or any type of conduct that does include unwanted physical touching. Rape and sexual assault are not only illegal forms of sexual harassment but can also be a crime. If you believe that you have already experienced sexual harassment on the job, you deserve to have an attorney fighting hard on your behalf and crafting a compelling case for you to recover compensation. No person should have to suffer from sexual harassment but this is often a reality for far too many people who suffer quietly and even continue to suffer after they have filed official complaints with their employer.

 

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