You Don't Have To Tolerate Workplace Harassment

We all have the right to work in a safe, supportive environment free of harassment. Once you have reported sexual harassment or harassment based on other protected characteristics (race, gender, etc.), your employer is legally obligated to intervene on your behalf and take appropriate actions to make sure it does not continue.

If your employer fails to respond, responds inadequately or retaliates against you for filing a complaint, you should seek the help of an experienced, knowledgeable employment law attorney like those at Moreland Law Firm, P.C. We are ready to take action to protect your rights, restore your dignity and get you the compensation you deserve.

Recognizing Sexual Harassment

While many specific actions and comments constitute sexual harassment, most fall into one of two categories: quid pro quo and hostile work environment.

In quid pro quo sexual harassment, a boss or superior offers some sort of employment-related benefit (bonus, raise, promotion, etc.) in exchange for sex or sexual acts. Conversely, quid pro quo can also involve the threat of adverse actions unless you agree to engage in sexual acts or otherwise tolerate harassment. In both cases, this type of proposal is illegal.

Most other actions fall into the category of hostile work environment. A co-worker or superior creates a hostile work environment through:

  • Unwelcome and inappropriate touching
  • Unwelcome and inappropriate comments of a sexual nature
  • Using sexual language to talk about you or co-workers, especially in a manner that is derogatory and offensive
  • Posting/sharing crude drawings, inappropriate written messages or pornography with co-workers or posting them around the office
  • Watching pornography or other inappropriate content at work where you and others are exposed to it

These are just a few of the many examples of actions that create a hostile work environment. If you report these behaviors to your employer, you may also want to provide documentation and witnesses, when possible. These may be helpful if you need to hire an attorney.

As a final note, sexual harassment can be perpetrated by men or women against victims of the opposite gender or the same gender. Even if you weren't the direct target of harassing actions, you may still have a claim if the behavior negatively impacts your work environment.

Harassment Based On Other Characteristics

It is illegal to harass any employee based on any protected class such as race, age, religion, disability, age, etc. If you have been the victim of such harassment, please report it and be prepared to seek the help of a lawyer.

How Can We Help You? Contact Us To Find Out.

Moreland Law Firm, P.C., fights for victims of workplace harassment in the Austin area and throughout Texas. For a free discussion about your rights and legal options, call our Wimberley office at 512-782-2293, or send us an email.