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What You Need to Know About Sexual Harassment at Work

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Unfortunately, sexual harassment is not all that uncommon in the workplace. While many employers strive to maintain a professional atmosphere, others pay little attention or may even facilitate sexual harassment themselves. Sexual harassment can take many forms; however, only two major types are legally recognized. Here's what you need to know about sexual harassment at 

Unfortunately, sexual harassment is not all that uncommon in the workplace.

While many employers strive to maintain a professional atmosphere, others pay little attention or may even facilitate sexual harassment themselves. Sexual harassment can take many forms; however, only two major types are legally recognized.

Here's what you need to know about sexual harassment at work, and what you can do if you or a loved one are the victim of sexual harassment.

1. Quid Pro Quo Harassment

One of the most common types of sexual harassment in the workplace is "quid pro quo" sexual harassment. This refers to when the conditions of employment are influenced by sexual factors.

For example, an employer may tell an employee that if they don't dress sexier, they'll be fired. Another example is if an employee is made to feel that they would be given a raise if they responded to their employer's sexual advances.

2. Hostile Work Environment

Another form of sexual harassment that frequently occurs in the workplace is the "hostile work environment." This happens when an employer or a co-worker creates an unfavorable work environment through the use of inappropriate touching, comments, or other situations of a sexual nature.

For example, an employer that always makes inappropriate sexual jokes or comments on an employee's attire is creating a hostile work environment through sexual harassment.

The #1 Myth Related to Sexual Harassment

Many people believe that if they respond or submit to sexual harassment in the workplace, that they have no basis for a claim.

Fortunately, this could not be further from the truth.

If an employee responds to sexual harassment at work and later decides to pursue a claim, the claim will not be "thrown out" simply because the employee submitted to the harassment at the time. This is particularly true in cases of quid pro quo harassment, where the employee is pressured to submit to the harassment in order to keep their job or get a promotion.

What to Do If You've Been Sexually Harassed at Work

Being the victim of sexual harassment is an emotional roller coaster. You may be angry and hurt, and may even feel as though you've done something wrong. Everyone deserves to work in a safe environment.

If you've been harassed at work, it's important that you take action right away. By contacting a Pennsylvania sexual harassment attorney, you are taking the first step to protecting your rights under the law.

Sean A. Casey is a Pittsburgh employment law attorney with significant experience assisting clients who have been victimized by sexual harassment. He is committed to providing compassionate and zealous legal support, and he will fight tirelessly for you throughout your case.

Don't let sexual harassment "slide" simply because it seems easier to ignore it than do something about it. Contact Attorney Casey today for a consultation and get the support you deserve. Call now at (412) 201-9090 or toll free at (888) 658-0041.

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