No one, female or male, should have to endure unwanted sexual attentions, comments, or touching in the workplace. This holds true whether the harassing party is the opposite or the same gender as the victim. Moreover, no one, female or male, should have to suffer adverse employment treatment – even of a non-sexual nature – due simply to gender.
Zatuchni & Associates has well-honed expertise in pursuing and resolving workplace sexual harassment claims under both state and federal law. Generally speaking, such claims fall into two categories:
Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment
occurs when an employer or its agent attempts to make submission to sexual demands a condition of employment. For instance, an employer (or an agent such as a supervisor) might communicate to a worker that he or she must tolerate advances, gropings, or even sexual relations in order to receive raises and promotions, or merely remain employed.
Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment
occurs when a worker is subjected to offensive conduct based on his or her gender. Such conduct is so severe and pervasive that it renders the workplace untenable or even abusive. It can include “jokes”, gestures, taunts and physical contact.