When Sexual Harassment Makes A Workplace Intolerable
Everyone deserves dignity on the job. Your workplace should not allow supervisors, fellow workers or customers to rob you of peace of mind through sexual innuendos, flirtations or unwanted moves, gestures or touching.
Sexual harassment on the job is unethical, disrespectful and, often, illegal. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency, defines it as illegal when “it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision.”
Is Harassment Real In Your Employment Situation?
Does the EEOC’s definition above describe the sexual harassment you have been subjected to at your office, retail employer, health care facility or warehouse? If sexual harassment has converted your physical or virtual work environment into a hostile and uncomfortable place, you may have been a target of sexual harassment of one of these types:
- Quid pro quo (if a superior has requested sexual favors in exchange for desirable assignments, a promotion or a raise, for example)
- Hostile work environment (if, for example, you have been subjected to frequent comments about your sexuality or that of others, “dirty jokes” or offensive visual displays in a physical or online workplace)
If your work life has been made miserable by any form of persistent discrimination, harassment or denigration, you deserve better. Illegal behaviors should stop. You should also be made financially whole if you lost pay or required psychological therapy. We invite you to explore available legal remedies with our guidance.
How We Can Help
If you decide to entrust your sexual harassment case to us, we can help you pursue justice after you have lost your job, been demoted or suffered from depression because of sexual harassment. We will listen carefully to your story and evaluate your potential case.
We can help you prepare to file a complaint with the EEOC or the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), which enforces the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA). We can also help you if your bosses or others at your job retaliate against you after you have voiced your objections and/or filed a complaint with a government agency. If necessary, we can take a claim to court on your behalf.
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Warren & Siurek, L.L.P., in Houston, is a trusted source of advocacy for Texas workers who have experienced harassment or retaliation in southeast Texas.