Under Federal and Washington Law, it is illegal to harass a person, including current employee or applicant, because of that person’s sex. Harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.
The harassment itself does not have to be of a sexual nature. It can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, women do not have to put up with men in the work place making offensive comments about women in general and vice versa.
Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.
Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).
The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.
Unfortunately, victims of sexual harassment tend to be ashamed that this has happened at all or that they did not do “more” to stop it. If you have been victimized by this type of unlawful conduct, contact Spokane sexual harassment lawyer Mack Mayo to stop sexual harassment and to discuss your rights at (509) 381-5091 or through our contact form here. We are compassionate litigators who will craft a speedy and efficient road path for resolving your claim. All consultations are free and confidential.
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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission contains additional information regarding sexual harassment you may find beneficial. Read it here.