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Workplace & Sexual Harassment Representation

An employer may not harass an employee because of that person's age, disability, national origin, pregnancy, race, color, religion or gender. Workplace harassment can include, for example, offensive remarks. Although the law does not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision, such as the victim being fired or demoted. The Law Offices of Beth C. Rogers, LLC of East Hanover, New Jersey, represents victims of workplace and sexual harassment.

Sexual Harassment

An employer may not harass an employee because of that person's gender. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and the harasser can be the same gender.

Examples Of Harassment:

Quid Pro Quo - The First & Most Overt Type Of Sexual Harassment Exists When a Person's Employment or Career Advancement Actually Depends Upon Submission To a Superior's Sexual Overtures; This Quid Pro Quo (This for That) Exchange Can Be Explicitly Stated or Merely Implied By the Overall Circumstances

Hostile Work Environment - This Type Of Sexual Harassment Is Found In Workplaces Where Unwanted Sexual Conduct Unreasonably Interferes With an Individual's Work Performance or Creates an Intimidating, Hostile, or Offensive Working Environment; When a Worker Hates Being On the Job Because Of the Sexual Conduct She Must See, Hear, or Suffer, She May Very Well Have a Case for Sexual Harassment

Harassed Woman

Same-Sex Sexual Harassment - Sexual Harassment Does Not Have To Be Between Members Of Opposite Sex; Cases Of Same-Sex Harassment Are Prevalent, and It Is Not Necessary To Prove a Homosexual Orientation In the Harasser

Is It Harassment?

The sticking point for all sexual harassment claims is that the conduct must be unwelcome. Office flirtations and romances, even between a worker and a supervisor, are not harassment when they are fully consensual. Therefore, it is important for a victim to take reasonable steps to establish his or her objection to the behavior.