Sexual harassment and sexual discrimination are prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This means that your employer may not make decisions about your employment based on your sex or gender. Additionally, the law protects you from sexual harassment from an employer or colleague.
While the law is fairly clear in prohibiting sexual harassment, defining what constitutes sexual harassment can be tricky. In general, one instance of inappropriate name-calling, leering or request for a date is not sufficient. Rather courts look to determine whether the harassment is so severe as to create as to alter the terms and conditions of your employment. This may be shown by a steady or constant stream of offensive comments, touching, or jokes. Harassment claims are also strengthened if you show that you have complained to your supervisor or employer, but they do nothing about it.
Further, you may have a claim whether the harasser is a co-worker or a supervisor.
If you believe that you have been the victim of sexual harassment, it is important to take action. For an immediate consultation concerning your rights and next steps, please contact the experienced Atlanta sexual harassment lawyers at Buckley Beal, LLP for an immediate consultation.