Sexual harassment claims involve allegations that an employee has been sexually harassed or assaulted by a co-worker or supervisor. What exactly constitutes sexual harassment is a legal question. The line is not always clear between flirtation and sexual advances, and the line can blur easily. The two most common types of sexual harassment involve either a hostile work environment, or “quid pro quo” harassment, meaning that the employment relationship is conditioned on submission to the sexual harassment.
Employers should have detailed policies relative to sexual harassment that are disseminated to all employees, and should train their supervisors on how to deal with complaints.
Employees should speak to an attorney immediately if they feel that they are a victim of sexual harassment. An attorney can help in various ways to protect the employee, stop the harassment and recover damages.