Is The Behavior At My Workplace Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is against the law, and no employer should tolerate it in the workplace. However, it is not always easy to identify behavior that rises to the legal standards of harassment. How do you know if you are a victim of sexual harassment? Let's take a look:

For a claim of a hostile work environment caused by sexual harassment to be successful, a court must determine that the conduct in question was severe and pervasive. In Texas, courts consider factors that include:

  • The frequency of the conduct
  • Whether other workers participated
  • Whether the conduct targeted multiple people
  • The effect of the harassment on the victim's performance
  • How the conduct affected the victim's emotional and psychological state

Sexual harassment can be verbal, visual or physical. Verbal harassment may include sexual jokes, talking about sex acts or using profanity and derogatory words.

  • Visual infractions can include the display of inappropriate images, obscene gestures or pointed staring resulting in a hostile work environment.
  • Physical harassment may include unwelcome touching such as hugs and pats. If you ask the perpetrator to stop and he or she continues, this is clearly harassment and you need legal guidance.

A Sexual Harassment Attorney Can Help You

Right now, you may not know where to turn. Fortunately, The Law Offices of Cindy A. Garcia is here to help you put an end to this ordeal. You may be able to recover compensation, recover your previous position and/or receive relief from a hostile work environment.

To speak personally with an attorney about workplace harassment, contact The Law Offices of Cindy A. Garcia for a free and confidential consultation with a lawyer. Call our office in McAllen at 956-404-0724 or schedule online. We also make appointments in Brownsville. Se habla español.