Sexual harassment comes in many forms. However, it doesn't matter what form of sexual harassment you have been a victim of, you need to put an end to it and protect yourself. You should speak to a sexual harassment lawyer as soon as you can because they can help you in many ways. They may be able to put an end to the harassment by serving the offending party with a cease and desist letter. This letter can help because it does a few different things. It lets the harasser know you find their actions to be a form of harassment. They may be unaware of how what they are doing is wrong. The letter also lets them know you expect it to stop immediately. The letter also creates a paper trail that will help your case better, should you end up in court. A lawyer will also help you through the entire court process if things go that far. If you aren't sure if you are the victim of sexual harassment, then keep reading here.

Some facts about sexual harassment

  • Anyone can become a victim of sexual harassment, no matter their race, gender, sexual preferences, etc.
  • A third person party can be considered a victim of sexual harassment if they were also negatively affected by the harassment of someone else.
  • Anyone can be a harasser, including a family member, an employer, a coworker, a neighbor, etc.

Information about workplace sexual harassment

While sexual harassment can occur in any setting, the following information will be based on workplace sexual harassment, but the facts will be the same for sexual harassment that happens in any environment.

Facts of workplace harassment

One type of workplace harassment revolves around the employer expecting something of a sexual nature from the employee in exchange for a favor or benefit. For example, if an employer was trying to get an employee to sleep with them in exchange for a raise, this would be sexual harassment. Also, sexual harassment can occur if the employer may threaten something negative if the employee doesn't comply with the employer's advances.

Also, sexual harassment may happen when an employer makes an employee feel unsafe in the work environment due to the employer's hostile sexual advances. In this situation, the harassment is so bad that it can make the victim fear for their well-being and/or make it so they are worried about what they are walking into and what harassment they may deal with each time they enter the workplace.

Some examples of harassment

Harassment doesn't mean physically touching in an aggressive way; this would be considered assault and should be immediately reported to the authorities. Harassment means things like giving someone repeated unwanted compliments on their looks, talking about sex in front of an employee, asking an employee about sexual topics or sexual preferences, joking about sex in front of an employee, giving a person gifts that would be considered romantic, touching someone repeatedly when it is unwanted, and spreading sexual rumors around the office.  

To learn more about sexual harassment attorney services, contact a sexual harassment attorney in your area.