Allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace need to be taken seriously and be thoroughly investigated and dealt with in an appropriate manner. Offensive sexual comments, inappropriate touching or demanding sexual favors can all lead to a toxic work environment that has a seriously damaging effects on the victim of harassment. It is important to hold those who sexually harass co-workers responsible, including taking the appropriate disciplinary actions.
The 2016 presidential election has garnered a great deal of attention, both in the media and otherwise. No matter which candidate you support, the important thing is that on election day you get out and vote for your preferred candidate. Indeed, voting rights are some of the most important rights in our nation.
Despite having policies against it, the workplace sees far too many incidents of sexual harassment, many of which go unreported. As a nurse, you are probably concerned about harassment from two fronts: your co-workers and your patients. Many nurses admit that most of them go through sexual harassment at some point in their career, but that doesn't mean this behavior is acceptable or should be tolerated.
One might think that these days, with all the awareness out there about sexual harassment in the workplace, is not a big issue anymore. However, nothing could be further from the truth. It is still an issue, and it is more than just men harassing women. Sexual harassment can occur between any two co-workers. Men can harass women, women can harass men, men can harass men and women can harass women.
Sexual harassment can occur between co-workers, but it can also occur between a worker and another worker in a position of authority. In either case, however, sexual harassment is not just unwanted, but it may be illegal.
Our last post covered the protections the Minnesota Human Rights Act provides workers against discrimination. As discussed, a worker can choose whether to file a claim with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights or with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Today we are going to explore what happens after a worker files a claim with the EEOC.
Being discriminated against in the workplace can be humiliating, stressful and can cause severe emotional distress. Because of this, both the state of Minnesota and the federal government have laws prohibiting workplace discrimination.