Fort Lauderdale Sexual Harassment Lawyer
What is Sexual Harassment at work?
Sexual Harassment correlates to an unsolicited, unwelcome unwanted and inappropriate sexual behavior. It’s a form of unlawful sex discrimination. How does the law define Sexual Harassment? unwelcome verbal, visual and physical conduct of a sexual nature and affects working conditions and/or creates a hostile work environment. Most importantly, it is illegal. If a person feels sexually harassed, they must seek legal help as soon as possible.
Sexual Harassment is illegal when it is unwelcome, or unwanted. If you experience an unwelcome sexual behavior from a coworker, you must tell the harasser that their conduct makes you feel uncomfortable and it needs to stop immediately. This can be communicated verbally or written.
What conduct relates to Sexual Harassment?
- When someone makes sexual jokes
- When someone requests sexual favors
- Spreading rumors about your personal sexual life
- Receiving threats for refusing sexual advances
- Inappropriate touching of your body or clothing
- Looking and/or staring at your body
- Derogatory gestures
- Facial expressions of a sexual nature
- Stalking – Following you around
- Sharing pictures with others of you
- Emails of a sexual gesture
It is important to note that a sexual harassment must be deemed Severe or Pervasive. Simple Teasing or incidents that only occurred once and are not serious, is not prohibited by law. However, a number of small separate incidents may add up to a sexual harassment, and if the incidents affect your work environment.
If you reject a sexual advance, if you are demoted, given poor performance evaluation, are refused a promotion or fired, the sexual harassment has negatively affected your work condition.
Sexual Harassment Law helps to protect you from unwanted sexual advances in your workplace. This includes your fellow co-workers, boss(es) or customers too. And, it applies to both men and women.
Your boss cannot retaliate you for reporting them on Sexual Harassment. You are protected by law to report it and are encouraged to speak.
Mark J. Berkowitz, a Fort Lauderdale Sexual Harassment Lawyer, has over 30+ Years of Experience in Employment and Labor Legal Issues. If you or someone you know is going through a Sexual Harassment incident, call the law offices of Mark J. Berkowitz today for a free consultation. We fight for your rights!