Five Possible Warning Signs of Workplace Sexual Harassment

The #MeToo movement has become a national movement that has brought attention to sexual assault and sexual harassment. Instances of harassment or assault can occur just about anywhere—especially the workplace. In fact, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that it has received a 12 percent increase in sexual harassment claims since last year.

If you are being victimized at work, then you could have grounds to file a claim with the EEOC. Warnings signs of workplace sexual harassment may include:

  1. Physical advances. Physical advances are an obvious and common sign of workplace sexual harassment or assault. Unwelcome touching should never be taken lightly.
  2. Verbal harassment. If you are being victimized at work, then you may be targeted by sexually explicit nicknames and slurs. This type of harassment can also occur over the phone or through voicemail.
  3. Digital harassment. You could be targeted on your social media profiles or through text messages. Workplace sexual harassment can also take place online or through modern communication systems.
  4. Quid pro quo. This is one of the most common types of workplace harassment. Quid pro quo is Latin for “this for that”. As the name implies, this is where a supervisor offers some type of benefit in exchange for sexual favors.
  5. Unwelcome flirting. If flirting is causing you to experience a hostile workplace environment, then you are experiencing sexual harassment. This is especially true in instances where the perpetrator refuses to stop.

What to Do About Workplace Sexual Harassment

You have a couple of options if you are experiencing workplace sexual harassment. For instance, you could consider filing a complaint with the EEOC, who may decide to investigate the matter and take further action. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, it may also be possible to seek damages against your employer. For instance, you may have grounds to file a wrongful termination lawsuit if you were fired for reporting the harassment.

An employment law attorney with experience handling sexual harassment cases could help you determine your best course of action. Kesluk, Silverstein, Jacob & Morrison, P.C. is a Los Angeles employment law firm. Contact us today for a consultation.

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