Identifying sexual harassment in the workplace

On Behalf of | Aug 6, 2022 | employment law |

North Carolina employees have the right to work in an environment free from different types of mistreatment or harassment. Unfortunately, sexual harassment is a problem in many workplaces, and victims are often reluctant to reach out because they are unsure if what they are experiencing counts as harassment. It may be useful to learn how to identify this troubling behavior and what to do if it occurs.  

Common types of harassment at work 

Sexual harassment can take many different forms, but there are two main types one may experience in his or her workplace. Victims have the right to speak out if they experience either of the following: 

  • Hostile work environment – This includes any type of sexual harassment that contributes toward the development of a hostile work environment. Sexual jokes, unwanted contact, aggressive behavior and sexual comments can all cause a hostile work environment. 
  • Quid pro quo – This type of sexual harassment occurs when someone is offered benefits, such as a promotion, in exchange for sexual favors. It can also happen if a victim experiences threats or blackmail due to harassment. 

If a North Carolina employee experiences sexual harassment, that individual has the right to seek justice and appropriate compensation.  

The rights of harassment victims 

The civil justice system offers victims the opportunity to seek justice if they experience sexual harassment at work. There are specific steps one can take that will allow him or her to hold responsible parties accountable. It will be helpful for a victim to seek the guidance and support of an experienced attorney.