Sexual Harassment Lawyers
No one welcomes or deserves sexual harassment. Its effects can cause emotional scarring that can stick with a person for years. Although sexual harassment is illegal, it still occurs to this day, creating a hostile work environment for those on the receiving end.
If you’re a victim of sexual harassment, know that the law is on your side. With more than a decade fighting for women in the workplace, the lawyers at The Levine Law Firm, P.C., are prepared to hear your case and fight for your rights. Learn what steps you should take if you’re being sexually harassed.
Sexual Harassment and the Law
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, any unwelcome sexual behavior, such as touching or speech, while on the job is considered sexual harassment. It’s illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Unwanted sexual conduct can interfere with an individual’s work performance. It can also be used to intimidate and offend, creating a hostile work environment.
Sometimes, a person is told his/her career advancement or employment depends on submitting to an employer’s sexual advances. It can be either stated out loud or merely implied. This is considered a type of sexual harassment.
In order for the sexual behavior be considered sexual harassment, it must be conduct that is unwanted by one of the parties. For instance, if you are having a relationship with a co-worker or supervisor, sexual advances may be considered consensual. So it may be important for the employee to prove his/her objection to the behavior.
And it’s not just the opposite sex who experience harassment – it can also happen between two people of the same sex.
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The sexual harassment lawyers at The Levine Law Firm, P.C., are prepared to assert your rights against any employer. Contact The Levine Law Firm today to have us look at your case.
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Understanding Gender Discrimination in the Workplace
It’s still one of the major problems facing employees in the workplace today – gender discrimination. According to a research study by TNS, 68 percent of women who were surveyed believe gender discrimination still exists.
What is Considered Gender Discrimination?
Discrimination all comes down to unequal treatment on the basis of the employee’s sex. According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal for an employer to refuse, hire, or fire any individual based on their sex. For example, two executives have the same work responsibilities. Despite having more experience and a better work ethic than her male counterpart, the female executive is passed over for a promotion that is given to the male executive.
Lawyers Against Sexual Harassment
Another form of gender discrimination is sexual harassment. When we think of sexual harassment, the old stereotype of the boss flirting with the secretary comes to mind. But sexual harassment is much more than that. Employees have the right to perform their jobs without the demand for sexual or romantic favors. In addition, it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure that both women and men are treated equally in the workplace, without the threat of unwanted sexual advances.Sexual harassment is still a major and ongoing issue in many workplaces across the country.
Get Help for Your Workplace Gender Discrimination Case
Do you feel as if you’ve been discriminated against at work based on your gender? The employment lawyers at The Levine Law Firm, P.C., can help you with your case. Contact us today for an evaluation of your case.
What to Do If You Are Being Sexually Harassed
One of the most common forms of gender discrimination is sexual harassment. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sexual harassment occurs when an employee receives unwelcome sexual behavior on the job. This type of behavior may involve the employee’s job – for instance when a manager demands sexual favors in exchange for a promotion. Sexual harassment is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 yet it still happens even in this day and age more often than people realize.
What can you do if you are being sexually harassed at work? Although you may feel helpless, there are ways you can combat this behavior:
- Speak Up – Your co-workers or supervisor may not even realize their conduct is offensive to you. Speak with the person and let them know this conduct is unacceptable. If the behavior continues, then you may have to take action. If you still have concerns, call an experienced sexual harassment lawyer and ask questions. You can never be too safe.
- Create a Complaint – Some companies have procedures on what to do if you are being harassed. If the behavior doesn’t stop, follow the steps to create a complaint against the person. If your company doesn’t have a procedure in place, make sure you speak to your supervisor (or, if your supervisor is the harasser, his/her supervisor or HR). Always keep a record of your complaints in case you need them later.
- Take Legal Action – If your company refuses to take any action on your complaints, then you may have to consider taking legal action. It’s best to speak with an experienced employment lawyer to find out what your options may be.
If you are sexually harassed at work, you may feel frustrated and confused. Here at The Levine Law Firm, P.C., our employment discrimination lawyers have taken on many sexual harassment cases and we are willing to evaluate your case. Contact us today for an evaluation of your case.
What Is Pregnancy Discrimination?
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It states that it is illegal to discriminate against a woman who is pregnant. This means that as long as a pregnant woman can handle the major functions of her job, an employer cannot fire or refuse to hire her on the basis of her condition. It also means a pregnant woman can’t be discriminated against when it comes to other aspects of her employment, such as job assignments, promotions, layoffs, or fringe benefits.
An employer must treat a pregnant woman just like every other employee. This means, the employer cannot single the woman out for medical clearance that isn’t required for other employees, and must allow the pregnant woman to work as long as she is able to perform her duties.
The act also makes it clear that the employer’s health insurance must cover the expenses related to the pregnancy on the same basis as it would for any other medical condition.
If an employee cannot perform her job because of pregnancy, an employer has to treat her like any temporarily disabled employee. This means the woman can receive modified tasks, alternative job assignments, or receive disability leave.
Pregnancy can be a wonderful time in a woman’s life, but if you are being discriminated against because of your condition, it can be a nightmare. But there is help. If you have been discriminated against at work because you are or were pregnant, contact the pregnancy discrimination lawyers at The Levine Law Firm, P.C. today.
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