There has been a lot in the news lately about so-called “locker room talk.” When it comes to inappropriate comments or jokes at the workplace, what rights do employees have? It is tasteless, but is it grounds for a sexual harassment lawsuit? What options does someone have who is faced with this kind of behavior?
When people think of sexual harassment, they usually think of a supervisor, or someone in a position of power or authority, taking advantage of an employee. But co-workers can engage in actionable sexual harassment as well. A “hostile work environment” is a legal term that refers to a hostile, uncomfortable workplace caused by unwelcome conduct or harassment towards one or more employees. The harassing party can even be a client, customer, or independent contractor. If you are being harassed at work, or inappropriate jokes are making you feel uncomfortable, it is best to speak to your supervisor right away and document what happened.
But what if the person telling the offensive jokes is your supervisor? Or what if you have told your supervisor, but they do not take any action and the offensive conduct continues? Most companies have specific policies against sexual or inappropriate jokes. Many will offer a “hotline” for employees to call if they are faced with this sort of discriminatory behavior. It is also advisable to contact an experienced sexual harassment lawyer as soon as possible to preserve your legal rights.
In order to have a viable claim for sexual harassment, the harassment must be intentional, severe, recurring and pervasive, and interfere with an employee’s ability to perform his or her job (regardless of whether they are the intended victim or just a witness). Typically, the harassment must be based on one’s race, religion, national origin, disability, age, or gender.
Cherry Hill Sexual Harassment Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Stand Up for Victims of Sexual Harassment
If someone at your place of employment tells tasteless jokes or makes inappropriate comments that make you feel uncomfortable, you do not have to take it. Regardless of your gender, you may have a claim for sexual harassment. Speak with an experienced team of our sexual harassment lawyers in Cherry Hill at Sidney L. Gold & Associates today. Do not delay, as this may result in your claim being barred by the statute of limitations. Call us at 215-569-1999 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We proudly serve clients throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York.