Sexual harassment in the workplace can take many forms. It is not limited to what society may think of as “traditional” sexual harassment, where a male boss makes unwelcome advances against a female employee. Sexual harassment can certainly include unwelcome sexual advances, but it also can include any sexually-predicated contact, such as dirty jokes, verbal abuse, or comments about an individual’s own sexual preference.
Indeed, despite advances towards equality for LGBTQ employees, many gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning employees face a hostile workplace. It is important to remember that sexual harassment can be discrimination towards someone’s sexual preference, just as easily as it can be unwanted physical contact.
Some of the most common sexual harassment offenses in Oregon include:
- Inappropriate and unwanted touching
- Sexual innuendos and comments
- “Quid pro quo” offers, where an employer receives sexual favors in exchange for raises, job security, or promotions
- Discrimination, based on sexual preference
- Ostracizing workers who do not participate in sexually-related banter
Each and every one of these behaviors violates both state and federal law.
Sexual Harassment Lawsuits
The employment attorneys at Kroll & Johnson, P.C. understand the embarrassment, frustration and anger suffered by victims of workplace sexual harassment. This is why we offer a free consultation to any victim of sexual harassment. We will work with you to determine the best course of action.
One may choose to directly file a lawsuit in Oregon circuit court. It is also possible to file a case with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI).
One of the most important things for any sexual harassment victim to remember is to find out what rules, policies, and procedures your particular workplace has regarding sexual harassment reporting. Failing to follow these workplace procedures may result in the unwitting forfeiture of many legal rights you might have.
Your damages from a sexual harassment lawsuit can be of several kinds, including compensation for:
- A hostile work environment
- Mental and emotional anguish and distress
- Tort damages for unwanted touching
- Lost wages
At Kroll & Johnson, P.C., your problems are our problems. You fear retaliation and potentially the loss of your job and your benefits. Fighting back against sexual harassment is much easier and more effective when you have a caring, knowledgeable team of attorneys at your side. We work to protect you.