Have you been sexually harassed at work? Fight back now, before the situation spirals out of control.
If you have experienced this form of harassment, it is not acceptable. Sexual harassment can be defined in two ways. The first form of sexual harassment is quid pro quo, which occurs when an employer conditions employment based on unwelcome sexual advances, sexual favors or other physical or verbal sexual contact, or on intimate relations with another employee.
The second form of sexual harassment is known as a hostile work environment. This can include an employer allowing unwanted sexual advances, physical contact, sexual remarks, sexual photographs or other types of intimidating, hostile or offensive actions to occur within the confines of a work environment.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Tinder co-founder and CMO Justin Mateen was suspended from his position with the dating application after he was sued by a former employee for sexual discrimination and harassment.
According to NBC News, Whitney Wolfe worked under Mateen and the pair had a brief romantic relationship. In her lawsuit, Wolfe claims that Mateen began to send her “a barrage of horrendously sexist, racist, and otherwise inappropriate comments, emails and text messages.”
Wolfe was reportedly stripped of her job, where she was Tinder’s vice president of marketing, because Mateen told her that a 24-year-old woman in her position “makes the company seem like a joke.” In her lawsuit, Wolfe alleges that she filed a complaint with Tinder CEO Sean Rad, which was ignored and she was forced out of the company altogether.
Are You Being Sexually Harassed at Work?
If you experience sexual harassment at work, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission governs the laws that make it illegal. Keep in mind, these laws not only apply to women, they apply to men, and in some circumstances, gays and lesbians.
Sexual harassment is considered a form of sexual discrimination. If you experience this at work, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact our attorneys today to see what they can do to resolve your situation.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys
Did You Know? Title VII of the Civil Rights Act makes sexual harassment illegal.