Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment is defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests, and/or any other verbal or physical conduct that is sexual in nature.  Essentially, there are two types of sexual harassment: hostile-work environment sexual harassment and Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment.

Hostile-Work Environment Sexual Harassment

A hostile-work environment can be the product of unwelcome sexual advances or behavior, whether verbal or physical.  When the unwelcome actions are so severe that they alter the conditions of the employee’s workplace, this may constitute a hostile-work environment.  In New Jersey, employees have protections from sexual harassment under the Law Against Discrimination (N.J.S.A.10:5-1).

Quid Pro Quo Harassment

Harassment that is considered quid pro quo is when an employer places specific terms and conditions on the employee’s employment, in return for sexual favors.  Examples of this may be promising a raise or promotion in exchange for a relationship.  Quid pro quo sexual harassment is also prohibited and protected in New Jersey under the Law Against Discrimination (N.J.S.A 10:5-1).

Who Can Be a Victim of Sexual Harassment?

Any individual may be a victim of sexual harassment, regardless of gender or gender orientation.  Also, sexual harassment does not always have to be between a man and a woman, as it can also occur between individuals of the same sex.

If you believe that you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, you should immediately report the conduct to any manager, supervisor, or Human Resources Department.  You may also want to consult with an experienced employment attorney who can help defend your rights and fight for justice. Contact our firm today.

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