Many sexual harassment claims are filed because a workplace has become a hostile environment. This means that the offensive conduct, based on the sex of the victim, is so severe and pervasive that a reasonable person would see the environment as hostile or abusive. A hostile environment is created by employees (or even non-employees) who, for instance, engage in conversation that is sexually offensive or display sexually explicit pictures. Employers have a legal obligation to make sure that the workplace is not a hostile environment. If your workplace is intolerable, contact an attorney to discuss a possible hostile environment sexual harassment claim.
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Sexual Harassment Resource Links
Facts About Sexual Harassment
Information about sexual harassment from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Sexual Harassment: It's Not Academic
Sexual harassment in schools, published by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.
Stopping Sexual Harassment: An AFSCME Guide
Sexual harassment issues from the viewpoint of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), a union representing public employees.
Sexual Harassment: The Employer's Role in Prevention
Employer-focused article, sponsored by the American Bar Association Section on General Practice. Contains information on where to find model sexual harassment policies.
What Speech Does "Hostile Work Environment" Harassment Law Restrict?
Article by a UCLA law professor regarding the conflict between First Amendment freedom of expression and laws protecting against harassment in the workplace.
Filing a Charge of Employment Discrimination
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) information on working with the EEOC when you need to file a charge of discrimination.
Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination: Questions and Answers
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guide to the laws on job discrimination.
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