Sexual Harassment & Sex Discrimination
Are you a non-attorney working in a legal office? Do you receive a regular salary and work more than 40 hours a week? If these conditions apply, and you have been unfairly or poorly treated, you may qualify for compensation. Consult with a San Antonio discrimination attorney for help.
Companies cannot discriminate against you for a number of reasons. Sex or gender discrimination is one such type of discrimination. This unfair treatment is the different treatment or maltreatment of individuals in their employment because of gender. A man can be sexually discriminated against or harassed just as a woman can. Both men and women should be treated fairly. If you have been rejected for employment, fired, or otherwise harmed in employment because of your gender, you may have suffered sex or gender discrimination. There are many ways gender discrimination may present.
Some of these include:
- Fired from employment
- Denied salary raises
- Denied job opportunities
- Denied promotions; or
- Other discriminatory conditions of employment
It should be noted that harassment is a different matter. Discrimination and harassment are not the same.
In fact, harassment is interpersonal. Discrimination, meanwhile, results from official employment actions.
Harassment can occur at the following locations:
- Field work sites
- Workplace premises; and/or
- On the way to and from work sites
Employers, managers and supervisors have a legal duty to prevent employees from being harassed. In some instances, “not knowing” is not a legal defense.
Both discrimination and harassment may create a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment is where a person is subject to unwelcome actions. These may include sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other inappropriate verbal or physical conduct. In a hostile work environment, the harasser may be a woman or a man. He or she can occupy any role. This individual may be the victim’s supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or a non-employee.
Harassment may occur from interpersonal actions that target:
- A person’s gender
- Sex and sexual preference
- Race and ethnicity
- Religion; and/or
Harassment may be directed by many types of people. These include: supervisors, co-workers, suppliers, customers, business partners, or even strangers.
A hostile work environment is any environment that features:
- Fear and intimidation
- Psychological or physical threats
- Ridicule; and/or
- Other unreasonable burdens that prevent an employee or employees from performing work
If you or anyone you know has experienced Sexual Harassment or Discrimination, please don’t wait. You should immediately contact our expert Sexual Harassment Lawyers for help. Contact us now and receive a free case review.
There are several ways to receive discrimination or harassment compensation. If you choose to use the Federal court system, you must first file a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This must be done within 180 days of the harassing or discriminatory acts. You will definitely need a lawyer to assist you in this filing. You may have to use the most current act to fall within the 180-day time limit. You cannot file a lawsuit in Federal Court without permission. You will need to obtain a right to sue letter from the EEOC.
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