Several of our most recent posts here have focused on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. The reasoning for this intense focus should be evident to our readers: this issue is roiling workplaces throughout the country, from Hollywood to New York City. It seems that every day now there is a new story in the news about a prominent celebrity, business executive or news anchor being accused of inappropriate sexual conduct in the workplace.
Why is this seeming wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations sweeping through the country? Well, there are many potential reasons, but one reason may be that, with increased focus and news media attention on the issue, victims of sexual harassment may be beginning to understand that they don’t have to sit there and take this abuse – they have options.
One option is to explore the potential for a legal claim. Our readers know from previous posts here that there are several employment laws in place, both at the state and federal levels, that protect employees from harassment and discrimination in the workplace, including sexual harassment.
Lastly, it is important to remember that, while the most recent allegations we are all seeing in the news are allegations involving men perpetrating sexual harassment against women, it can also go the other way around. Men can be the victims of sexual harassment too. For those Minnesota residents who are interested in learning more about their potential legal options when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace, our law firm’s website can provide useful information.