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Sexual harassment/discrimination at the workplace

In a number of ways, sexual harassment can happen at the workplace. Those who have experienced sexual harassment at the workplace and due to they change their job are allowed to file a claim to collect damages. If you are sexually harassed at the workplace contact Aegiswin today for a free case assessment.

What is sexual harassment/discrimination?

According to the government sexual harassment is defined as uninvited sexual advances, forced for sexual favors, or sexually symbolic physical or verbal actions at the workplace. One thing is more keep in your mind that the action doesn’t have to necessarily be sexual in nature, and can normally include bad comments to do with someone’s sex.

Two types of sexual harassment at the workplace
There are two types of sexual harassment at the workplace in most legal cases:

Quid Pro Quo Harassment

Quid pro quo means being forced to do sex employ for getting promotion in their job or consisting in the job. For example, a Manager/HR could force to sexual favor in regress for a promotion in your job which you really want, or simply keeping in your job. This order could be obvious or discreetly implied.

Hostile Work Environment

A hostile work environment refers to when gender-based antagonism shapes your workplace intolerable. Uninvited sexual advances, Verbal or physical activities of sexual behavior, and other acts make the workplace environment hostile, offensive, or Unworkable.

Other types of harassment

There are mainly three types of harassment: verbal, nonverbal, and physical.

Verbal Harassment

  •   Ultimatum or insults
  •   Sexual proposal
  •   Ungentlemanly language in the workplace
  •   Abusive jokes repeatedly prodding about someone's personal life
  •   Sexual or expressive comments
  •   Thrust fun at someone Imitating the way someone speaks

Nonverbal Harassment

  •   Suggestive leer or sneers
  •   Following someone
  •   Spoiling someone's work by rejecting them access to information
  •   Hanging something on the wall that is offensive or contains sexual content
  •   Practical jokes imitate someone with a disorder
  •   Objectionable body gestures
  •   Forced a colleague to speak bad about or harass someone in the office

Physical Harassment

  •   Doing unpredictable physical contact against someone’s will (i.e. pinching, brushing up against, hugging)
  •   Sexual assault (i.e. trying to touch someone's breasts or genitals)
  •   Pushing, shoving or jostling. Put your hand or object into someone's pocket.
Example of Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment at the workplace can happen in many ways under different circumstances. It is only not a physical act of sex but also simply what someone said or posted online.

Activity that is considered as sexual harassment are

  •   Continuously brushing or rubbing up against someone; as like continuously standing too closer too often.
  •   Acting sexual activity
  •   Gifting sexually expressive things like underwear or pornography
  •   Post sexually expressive photos or other material that may be objectionable.
  •   Making pictures about someone’s gender, disorder, or sexual orientation.
  •   Sexual harassment can occur without the victim showing any financial effects or losing their job; it can also occur when it makes an unworkable environment.
Government Laws against Sexual Harassment at the workplace
  •   Indian Penal Code – Section 209, Section 354(A), Section 509
  •   The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1987 – harassing someone with publications consisting of ‘indecent representation of women is not allowed.
  •   Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressed) Act, 2013
What action do you take If You’re Being Sexually Harassed?

Any step taken by the worker being harassed in a try to be over or resolve the problem will be convenient in demonstrating later that harassment did, actually occur. If you think you are a victim of harassment then you have to take this step to sort out the trouble.

  •   Appeal to the person to stop, and said them that their activity is making you unbearable and violate the code of conduct.
  •   Retain every documentation of all events that you consider as harassment.
  •   If after you’re wronging he is not stopped notify your head and begin taking those steps outlined in your employee handbook.