Employers may fight claims of sexual harassment in the workplace

On Behalf of | May 4, 2019 | Sexual Harassment |

Minnesota residents may experience a range of barriers getting into the careers of their dreams. They may struggle to attain the education and experience that they need to get the jobs that they want, or they may find that there simply are not many openings in their chosen fields. Once a worker is in a position that they desire, they can face problems with regard to staying in their job.

One of those problems is sexual harassment, and sexual harassment can affect both men and women. It can occur when a hostile work environment is created by the actions of those who work there, or it may happen when a supervisor conditions an employment action on a sexual favor from an employee. Sexual harassment cases can take on many different forms, and in some cases, employers may try to defend themselves against the claims that have been lodged regarding their workplaces.

For example, an employer may claim that a harassed employee failed to report the problems that they were experiencing with their co-workers or supervisor. An employer may also argue that it proactively addressed the harassment problems it was aware of and that those actions were reasonable under the circumstances. If such an argument is persuasive, a harassed employee may lose their claim against their employer.

Sexual harassment is a serious problem and employees who experience in their workplaces can have serious fights on their hands when their claims are litigated. The support of an experienced employment law attorney can provide a person with the legal know-how and confidence to address any and all defenses that may be presented against their claims.