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Philadelphia Sexual Harassment Lawyers

Employment

Philadelphia Sexual Harassment Lawyers

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Sexual harassment is, unfortunately, a common practice in the workplace. Sexual harassment is the term for harassment based on a person’s sex.

Sexual harassment is illegal. Sexual harassers are responsible for their harassing behavior. It is the victim’s right to seek compensation for any financial, physical, or emotional harm from their harasser. As long as the harassing behavior is severe enough, a victim may seek compensation.

Freundlich & Littman, LLC are your sexual harassment lawyers. Sexual harassment cases are under-reported across the country, including Philadelphia. In many instances, victims do not know that the treatment they received qualified as sexual harassment. We want to educate you on sexual harassment so that you make the right choice for your situation.

Types of Sexual Harassment

Remember that anyone can be a victim regardless of the perpetrator’s sex.

In general, sexual harassment law covers workplace incidents. Perpetrators of sexual harassment can be anyone. It does not matter whether they are in a position of power over the victim, an equal, or a subordinate. They can also be non-employees who comes in contact with the workplace, depending on the frequency.

Types of sexual harassment that we can handle may include the following:

  • Displaying offensive or pornographic images to intimidate or harass.
  • Lewd gestures.
  • Comments about a member’s sex or a person’s lack of conformity to gender norms.
  • Hiring, firing, or disciplining based on sex.
  • Other offensive treatment meant to degrade, belittle, embarrass, or offend a particular sex.

Perpetrators

You may be afraid that you cannot seek relief from your horrible treatment because your boss was not the one who harassed you. Fear not. To put it simply – sexual harassment in the workplace is not tolerated. The net is cast broadly to account for many people.

The courts have again cast a wide net to deal with the problems of sexual harassment. Traditionally, the supervisors were the sole perpetrators of sexual harassment. While sexual harassment is often perpetrated by supervisors, others in the workplace can be guilty of sexual harassment.

Co-workers who harass you, such as the man from the oil rig, are guilty of sexual harassment. A supervisor from another department can be guilty of sexual harassment. Even customers or clients who are in frequent contact with you in the workplace can be perpetrators of sexual harassment.

Retaliation

People are afraid to come out against their employers in any way for fear that they will lose their jobs or future employment opportunities. Perhaps you made a complaint at your Human Resources department. Your employer contacted your supervisor, reprimanded them, and sent them to sexual harassment training. Now, your supervisor is back and writes you up more than any other employee or moves your shift from the day to night. This is illegal.

Your employer may not retaliate against you for coming forward about the harassment. Even if your claims are unsuccessful in court or your company’s internal process, they still may not retaliate against you. Again, retaliation takes many forms. Generally, retaliation is any unfavorable employment action taken against you without justification. Examples include:

Changing work shifts.
Write ups.
Suspension.
Termination.

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