At Bailess Smith PLLC, our team of experienced employment lawyers are committed to representing clients who have experienced sexual harassment at work. With our 40+ years of combined experience and extensive resources, our legal team will fight for the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your sexual harassment lawsuit. Below, we answer some of the common questions we are asked about sexual harassment in the workplace.
Question: What are my rights as a worker?
A: Under the West Virginia Human Rights Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against you based on your sex, race, color, national origin, and religion. Sexual harassment is covered under these protections, so if you have been sexually harassed at work, you have the right to take legal action.
Question: What types of jobs experience the most sexual harassment?
A: While anyone can experience sexual harassment at work, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research said the following factors contribute to workplace sexual harassment:
- Tipped Workers: The EEOC reports that food services and hospitality jobs account for 14% of sexual harassment charges.
- Working in Isolation: Employees who frequently work alone in isolated areas where no one can keep tabs on them are more vulnerable to sexual harassment.
- Male-Dominated Workplaces: Traditionally male-oriented industries like construction, finance, economics, and the military see high numbers of sexual harassment claims from women because they are substantially underrepresented in these workplaces.
Question: What are the common examples of sexual harassment?
A: The following are just some of the common sexual harassment complaints we receive from clients:
- Making sexual comments about a person’s physical appearance
- Telling lewd jokes in the workplace
- Displaying sexually explicit images
- Playing sexually explicit videos
- Making sexual suggestions via memos or emails
- Using sexually suggestive hand gestures
- Making disparaging comments about someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity
- Unwarranted touching
Have you experienced sexual harassment at your workplace? If so, contact Bailess Smith PLLC to find out how to hold your abuser accountable for their actions. Give us a call today at (304) 553-0337 to request your free case consultation.