Sexual Harassment Is Not The Victim’s Fault
With the coming of the #MeToo movement, most employers should know that sexual harassment is not tolerated in the workplace. Unfortunately, it still happens. Being the victim of harassment can be scary, as you may be afraid of damaging your career if you report it.
I am Dennis L. Richard, an attorney with more than 40 years of experience protecting the rights of workers in sexual harassment and other employment law cases. If you think you are the victim of sexual harassment, call my San Antonio law office for a free initial consultation.
Read about NME Hospitals Inc. v. Rennels, the landmark sexual harassment case I took to the Supreme Court of Texas.
What Is Sexual Harassment?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines sexual harassment as any unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors. This includes any other verbal or physical actions of a sexual nature.
There are two types of harassment:
- Quid pro quo harassment, when an authority figure seeks a sexual relationship in exchange for a promotion or raise.
- Hostile work environment, which exists when things such as demeaning jokes, images and threats occur in the workplace.
The law forbids employers from retaliating against an employee for reporting sexual harassment or for supporting the claim of another. I also handle retaliation claims against employers.