Sexual harassment in employment violates Civil Rights Act and common law.
Sexual harassment includes workplaces permeated with sexual comments, jokes, and innuendo, unwanted sexual advances or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Sexual harassment includes many forms of offensive behavior and even includes harassment of a person who is the same sex as the harasser. Illegal sexual harassment or gender harassment may include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Sexually-oriented physical conduct, such as touching, assault, impeding or blocking movements
- Unwanted sexual advances
- Offering employment benefits in exchange for sexual favors
- Making or threatening reprisals after a negative response to sexual advances
- Visual conduct, e.g., leering, making sexual gestures, displaying of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, cartoons or posters
- Verbal conduct, e.g., making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs and jokes
- Verbal sexual advances or propositions
- Verbal abuse of a sexual nature, graphic verbal commentaries about an individual’s body, sexually degrading words used to describe an individual, suggestive or obscene letters, notes or invitations
- Harassment based on a person’s gender, such as targeting a person for offensive or hostile treatment because she is a woman
If you believe you are a victim of sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation or wrongful termination as a result of sex, race, ethnicity, age, religion, medical condition, or because you have opposed illegal activity in the workplace, hiring a private detective can help build your case.
I recommend documenting any acts of sexual harassment in a diary or better still on a hidden spy camera or spy voice recorder. (Check your State's laws on recording first).