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Sexual harassment is unlawful and should never be tolerated. However, it’s not always easy to identify conduct that rises to the level of harassment. How do you know if you’ve been a victim of sexual harassment? Let’s take a closer look.
In order for a claim of hostile environment due to sexual harassment to succeed, a court must find that the harassing conduct was severe and pervasive. Courts will consider things such as:
- The frequency of the conduct
- Whether other workers joined in
- Whether the conduct was directed at more than one person
- The effect of the harassment on the victim’s job performance
- How the conduct affected the victim’s psychological well-being
Sexual harassment can include verbal, visual, and/or physical conduct. Verbal conduct can include off-color jokes, discussing sexual activities, or using profanity and derogatory words. Visual infractions can include the display of suggestive images in the workplace, obscene gestures, or leering. Physical conduct may include unwelcome touching such as hugs or pats on the back.
To speak personally with an attorney about your situation, contact the Cindy A. Garcia Law Firm for a free, confidential consultation.