Sexual Harassment can happen at any time within any type of organization. In a news conference, a woman who worked for the NAACP in North Carolina alleged unwelcome sexual conduct from her supervisor who is now running for president of the NAACP state chapter. In her statement, she claimed that the NAACP cannot fight racism and protect sexism. At the NAACP’s 2018 convention, it passed a resolution supporting the #MeToo movement, but the national NAACP does not have a sexual harassment policy.
Employer Policies Regarding Sexual Harassment
Many employers have policies regarding sexual harassment and if they do not, consulting an employment attorney to create a solid policy is advisable. Employees can make complaints regarding sexual harassment, or any other type of discrimination, to a manager in the organization. Often, companies offer multiple avenues for discrimination complaints since discrimination can originate from a supervisor, which necessitates other avenues for filing complaints.
In the NAACP case, an independent investigation was launched, during which the harasser was found to be less credible than the complainant. Although the female employee allegedly sought the expulsion of the harasser from the NAACP, the NAACP refused to do so, but banned the harasser from NAACP events. The harasser allegedly did not abide by this ban and continued to attend events, where stared at the complainant when he attended those events. Since the harasser is now running for chapter president, many women organized outside of the national NAACP headquarters and held a news conference to expose the harassment committed by the candidate.
Federal Complaints About Sexual Harassment
Employees can make formal complaints with federal and state agencies under state and federal law, which protects employees from sex discrimination and sexual harassment. Title VII of the Civil Right Act of 1964 protects certain employees from sexual harassment. Employees can make a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and request the right to sue if they would rather pursue their complaints in federal court.
Philadelphia Sexual Harassment Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Advocate for Victims of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
If you suffered sexual harassment in the workplace, the Philadelphia sexual harassment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. can evaluate your case and obtain the justice you deserve. For a free consultation, call us at 215-569-1999 or contact us online today. Located in Pennsauken, New Jersey and Philadelphia, we represent clients throughout Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Northeast Philadelphia, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County, as well as South Jersey, including Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Marlton, Moorestown, and Mount Laurel.