Sexual harassment is unacceptable in any environment, especially in the workplace, where unwelcome sexual advances or comments can affect job performance and may even create a hostile work environment for the employee and his or her co-workers. Unfortunately, sexual harassment in the workplace does occur in Tennessee, and victims of this type of inappropriate treatment may be entitled to compensation by filing a sexual harassment claim against the employer, supervisor or co-worker perpetrating the unacceptable and potentially harmful workplace behavior. If you believe you have been the victim of workplace harassment in Tennessee, contact our reputable attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to discuss your legal options.
Understanding Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Sexual harassment can take a variety of different forms in the workplace and is essentially a type of gender-based discrimination that can affect both male and female employees. The following are some of the most common types of workplace harassment in Tennessee:
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
- Requests for sexual favors
- Sexually-explicit photographs posted in the workplace
- Suggestive remarks made to or in earshot of the employee
- Dirty jokes or sexual stories told to or in earshot of the employee
In general, sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome action, comment or behavior that unreasonably affects your ability to enjoy and perform your duties at work. In order to file a workplace harassment claim against an individual in Tennessee, you must either file a federal cause of action with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 300 days of the incident or a state cause of action within one year.
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Sexual harassment in the workplace violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination against an employee on the basis of gender, color, race, religion and national origin. If you have been subjected to inappropriate remarks, actions or behaviors at work that you believe may constitute sexual harassment under Tennessee law, contact our knowledgeable lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates to explore your compensation options. You may be entitled to compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, back pay and other damages, which you can pursue by filing a workplace harassment claim against the responsible person or party. Remember: you can still be considered a victim of sexual harassment if you had a previous sexual relationship with the person harassing you. Don’t hesitate to protect your legal rights; contact our team of skilled attorneys today.