Northeast Ohio Hostile Work Environment Attorney
Title VII protects against sexual harassment in the workplace. In Ohio, sexual harassment can include unwelcome advances, offensively or sexually charged behavior, or requests for sexual favors. Pursuant to Title VII, there are two different types of sexual harassment, which include the following:
- Hostile Work Environment - occurs when someones behavior is so severe or perverse that it makes it difficult for an employee to perform their job
- Quid pro quo - occurs when someone offers employment benefits for sexual favors, or retaliates against someone when they reject sexual advancements which are offered in exchange for employment advancement
In order to have a claim for sexual harassment, you must make known that the behavior is unwelcome. It is not enough to just ignore unwelcome advances - you must make it clear that you want it to stop, and notify management of the situation. Management must know about the situation, and have an opportunity to take steps to cure it. If your company has a certain protocol for reporting sexual harassment make sure you follow it, which could mean reporting it to human resources, or a supervisor.
Title VII cover employers who have 15 or more employees, and Ohio law expands sexual harassment protections to smaller employers.
If you think that you have been the victim of sexual harassment contact the experienced lawyers at Triscaro & Associates. Let our years of litigation and trial experience work for you. For a free, no risk, consultation contact us by dialing (440) 248-8811 or by filling out our Free Case Evaluation Form.