What is Employment Harassment?

Harassment is a broad term that can encompass different behaviors. The common theme is that each of these actions is illegal, and businesses can be held liable in lawsuits brought by employees.

There are two primary types of workplace harassment:

  • Quid pro quo – when someone from an employer with authority suggests that an employee will be given something or will be able to keep something that they have in exchange for a sexual favor
  • Hostile work environment – unwelcome conduct that is based on race, religion, gender, age, national origin, and sexual orientation

An employer can be held liable for workplace harassment if you are able to prove your case. Not every type of conduct in the workplace is automatically considered harassment. For example, an isolated annoyance or petty slight would not be considered harassment. The employer would be held liable if they knew or should have known about the incidents and failed to take effective corrective action.

The Process for Filing a Harassment Lawsuit

Before an employee is able to file a lawsuit for employment harassment, they must file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) first. The EEOC will decide if it wants to file a lawsuit against the employer itself or tell the employee that they can file their own case.

Employees who feel they have been the victim of harassment should immediately contact a lawyer. The steps that the employee takes in response to the harassment could determine whether they are able to receive compensation for it.

Call an Atlanta Employment Discrimination Attorney

Battleson Law, LLC helps employees who believe that they have been subjected to illegal conduct on the job. If you feel that you have been the victim of discrimination or harassment, we can help. Call us today at 470.766.0811 or contact us online to discuss your case.

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