Examples of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace 

Workplace sexual harassment is abhorrent behavior. No one’s career should be derailed because of it. Our mission is to ensure that employers who allow sexual harassment in the workplace are held legally responsible.   

Sexual harassment can take the form of many types of behavior, ranging from lewd gestures to demands for sexual favors to unwelcome or forceful touching. If you have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, or if you are not sure if what you experienced technically qualifies as harassment but are certain that you were made to feel uncomfortable or demeaned by a colleague’s inappropriate conduct, you can be confident that our attorneys will hear you and take your concerns seriously. Our women-owned firm is nationally recognized as a leader in the field of employment law, with offices in North Carolina and South Carolina. 

Obtaining the result you deserve and affirming your dignity during the process are goals we share with you. Contact us today to protect your rights and learn your legal options.  

How Can You Be Sexually Harassed in the Workplace? 

There are numerous types of conduct that are recognized in civil law as workplace sexual harassment. They include:  

  • Lewd gestures 
  • Sexual advances 
  • Leering at your body 
  • Display of lewd images  
  • Inappropriate or lewd jokes 
  • Verbal harassment of a sexual nature 
  • Requests or demands for sexual favors 
  • Conditioning career advancement on sexual favors (quid pro quo) 
  • Lewd observations about your body and clothes 
  • Unwanted physical conduct of a sexual nature 
  • Disparaging comments based on gender 

Sexual Harassment Is a Form of Workplace Discrimination 

Sexual harassment that pervades the workplace violates federal lawenacted to protect workers against discrimination.  

The law defines sexual harassment as unlawful actions, both verbal and physical, that harass a person in the workplace based upon their sex. It is a broad standard. Further,exual harassment in the workplace does not always have to be overtly sexual in nature. General remarks about a person’s gender can be sexual harassment. A supervisor who makes remarks, for example, about a woman being unable to work as well as a man, would be engaging in sexual harassment.  

The harasser and the victim don’t have to be of a particular sex, nor does sexual attraction need to be present. 

Sexual assault is an aspect of sexual harassment. Sexual assault is not always violent; it includes situations in which you are pressured to participate in sex as a condition of your employment.  

All forms of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, can form the basis of a civil lawsuit for damages that include emotional and psychological distress, damaged reputation, lost compensation, and out-of-pocket costs such as medical bills and job search expenses.  

At The Noble Law, we know that sexual harassment happens all too often, and employees who come forward to make a claim deserve to be believed and supported. That’s why we work hard to apply the law to the fullest extent to benefit each and every client.  

See How The Noble Law Can Help 

The Noble Law is a leader in the fight against workplace discrimination. With offices in North Carolina and South Carolina, our reputation precedes us in the federal and state courts in the region, and at the negotiating table. We are a women-owned firm that prioritizes integrity and works every day to treat each client with empathy and compassion.  

The law protects employees. If you’ve been sexually harassed at work, we’ll fight to hold your employer accountable. Reach out today for a consultation. We’re here to listen and help you get justice. 

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