Illegal harassment occurs when you are made to endure unwelcome conduct at work based on your membership in a protected class that creates a work environment that is hostile. A hostile work environment is one that is offensive or abusive, or where the unwelcome conduct unreasonably interferes with your ability to do your job.
Sexual harassment occurs when you are subject to unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical sexual conduct at work. It can be persistent flirting or propositions, graphic sexual conversations, the display of sexual pictures or objects, even insulting someone because of their appearance. Sexual harassment also includes quid pro quo harassment, when continued employment or special perks are conditioned upon sexual favors.
You do not have to oppose the unwelcome conduct to have a harassment claim, but if you do make a complaint, it is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you.
If you have been subject to sexual or other harassment at work, or retaliated against for reporting harassment, you may have a legal claim. You can schedule a call with Klein Munsinger or complete this short form and we will contact you.