Charleston Sexual Harassment Lawyers
Under federal and West Virginia state laws, you have the right to work free from gender discrimination or harassment. Most people know that sexual harassment is wrong, but they don't know exactly what the term means.
Fortunately, though, laws and court rulings have provided guidance to employers and employees alike as to what sorts of behaviors are suitable in the workplace versus those which likely rise to the level of harassment.
If you have become the victim of sexual harassment in a Charleston workplace, contact the Charleston employment law attorneys at Stewart Bell, PLLC for your free case review.
There are no upfront costs if we handle your claim and we are ready to help you today.
Do I Have A Valid Sexual Harassment Claim?
In order for conduct to be considered sexual harassment, it must meet several different criteria. The conduct must be:
- Of a sexual nature - it does not need to be explicit (like unwanted touching, "dirty" jokes, pornographic pictures/drawings or verbal innuendos); comments about a person's wardrobe choices, blocking someone's access to a common employee area, picking on an employee just because he or she is of a particular gender or lingering glances at one's body might all be construed as sexual in nature even though they are seemingly non-invasive
- Unwanted - if the recipient appreciates the attention, encourages it or welcomes it, it is not harassment
- Having an impact upon the recipient's working environment - this can happen in a number of different ways; if someone is upset at the prospect of continued harassment and his/her work performance suffers, if the recipient of harassment rejects the harasser's advances and is retaliated against, or if the victim feels unable to embrace professional opportunities because of feared contact with the harasser
- Pervasive - this element can apply both to the number of incidents (a single, "dirty" joke being told doesn't likely rise to the level of sexual harassment in the workplace) and severity of them (an attempted rape will be treated more harshly than the use of mildly derogatory language)
What Can I Do To Help Prevent Harassment In The Workplace?
If you feel like you are being harassed in the workplace because of your gender, take action.
Tell the harasser in no uncertain terms, and preferably in writing that you do not appreciate his/her conduct and that you want it to stop immediately.
Also complain to your supervisor or your employer's human resources department; this can go a long way toward both putting a stop to the harassment in the short term and possibly preserving your legal rights to bring a suit in the future if conditions do not improve.
Contact Our Sexual Harassment Attorneys Today
If you have questions about sexual harassment or you think you are being discriminated against, speak with the legal professionals at the Stewart Bell, PLLC today.
We have a proven record of success and many years of legal experience.
Your initial case review is free and we do not charge any upfront costs to handle your claim.
For more information call us today at 304-345-1700.