Sexual harassment in the workplace in West Virginia and throughout the country is illegal. You have every right to file a claim for actions that affect your workplace performance and create an offensive, intimidating or hostile environment. But will you get in trouble because you filed a complaint? The answer is no because you are further protected under law from retaliation aimed at you by your employer.
What is sexual harassment?
Harassment can be from a man or woman and does not have to come from the opposite sex. It can be your manager, another employee or someone who does not work at your workplace. You may not be the actual victim, but the offensive behavior has affected you.
Once you file, protection is available
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a person who files a charge that involves sexual discrimination cannot be the subject of retaliation. This is in force while an investigation or lawsuit is taking place. However, some employees have felt sidelined after filing a suit. Although retaliation is illegal, it may happen in a subtle manner.
Employers can prevent problems
Employers should provide information to employees regarding what is considered workplace sexual harassment. Training is important as well as a process for lodging complaints. Workers and bosses should all realize that sexual harassment and discrimination do not belong in the workplace.
If you have been the victim of sexual harassment or discrimination within your place of work, you might want to contact a knowledgeable attorney to help you. Know that retaliation for filing a claim is not legal and that the law protects you. A law firm may help you navigate the legal process.