Sexual Harassment

Minnesota Sexual Harassment Lawyer

Today's workplace is a mix of men and women working together, straight, and gay. Gone are the days of only male bosses and female secretaries. However, even in today's more sophisticated and diverse work environments, some employees are still subjected to harassment based on their gender, or sex.

The purpose of my law firm is to advocate on behalf of and protect employees who have been victimized by their employers.

Attorney John Klassen

The law office of John A. Klassen, PA, in Minneapolis, understands that employees, especially women, experience sexual harassment at work from their employer, coworkers, and supervisors. We are dedicated to protecting every employee's right to work in an environment that is free from sexual harassment and sex discrimination.

What Is Sexual Harassment?

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sexual harassment affects an employee's employment or work performance, and it creates a hostile or offensive work environment. The following types of behavior are considered sexual harassment:

  • Inappropriate attention because of sex or gender
  • Inappropriate or unwanted physical touching
  • Unwanted exposure to graphic sexual discussion and conduct
  • Unwanted exposure to pornography
  • Unwelcome sexual advances
  • Unwelcome requests for sexual favors
  • Other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
  • Inappropriate attention because of sexual orientation (GLBT harassment)
  • Physically threatening behavior directed towards women because of their sex or gender

You may be a woman harassed by a man, a man harassed by a woman, or someone harassed by a person of the same sex. No matter the sex of your harasser, you do not have to put up with unwanted sexual attention or sexual conduct. If you are sexually harassed at work and your employer knew about the conduct and failed to protect you, you may have a sexual harassment case against your employer, as well as against your harasser.

If Your Harasser Is a Highly-Placed Company Official...

Sexual harassment by a business owner, CEO, senior vice president, company manager, or another high-ranking company employee involves an implied knowledge and liability by the company as a whole. When the harasser is high up in the company, he or she is seen as a proxy, an alter ego, or an extension of the company. Harassment by a proxy makes the company absolutely liable for any harassing or discriminatory conduct based on sex, gender or other protected status.

Contact Our Sexual Harassment Attorney, John A. Klassen

If you experienced sex discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace, contact John A. Klassen, PA, in Minneapolis, for help in protecting your rights and holding your employer and harasser accountable for their actions. We can be contacted by phone at 612-217-4988 or through the intake form on our Contact Us page.