Sexual harassment can occur at any workplace, anywhere in the country. It encompasses a variety of behaviors that are targeted against someone due to his or her sex. Though many people think they know what sexual harassment is, or isn’t, the reality is often more complex. The following are some myths that many people believe. Understanding the truth behind these myths can lead to knowing if you’ve been sexually harassment.
Myth: Sexual harassment must be sexual in nature.
Sexual harassment does include certain behaviors that would be considered sexual, such as unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors. However, it can include other types of remarks so long as they are based on his or her sex. For example, negative comments about women in general could be considered sexual harassment.
Myth: Only men can sexually harass women.
Sexual harassment can occur between any two people. The victim of harassment may be either male or female, so long as the harassment was based on the individual’s sex. The victim and harasser can even be the same sex.
Myth: Sexual harassment can only occur between a boss and an employee.
In a sexual harassment case, the victim and harasser can have a variety of relationships. The harasser may be the boss, a colleague, a customer, or an employee in a completely different area in the company. The law does not limit sexual harassment cases to only those in which the harasser is the boss and the victim is the employee.
Myth: It is only sexual harassment if you are fired as a result of it.
Sexual harassment can include certain patterns of behavior that can create a hostile work environment. When comments or actions become so frequent and severe that the entire environment becomes offensive, you may have a sexual harassment case. You also may have a case if you are fired, demoted, or otherwise disciplined based on your sex or the sexual harassment.
Sexual Harassment Attorneys in New Jersey
Every case is different, so it is important to consult with a qualified attorney in your area to determine if you have a sexual harassment case. The law firm of John J. Zidziunas & Associates has a team of experienced sexual harassment attorneys in New Jersey who can confidentially discuss your case. For further information, call 973-509-8500, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://employmentdiscrimination.com/.
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