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Sexual Harassment Archives

Defining sexual harassment in the workplace

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.

Taking action against sexual harassment in the workplace

Minnesota workplaces are becoming more diverse these days than ever before. Long gone are the days where only men could be supervisors and only women could be administrative assistants. In addition, these days people of different sexual orientations work together side by side. However, this diversity doesn't mean that workers aren't subject to sexual harassment. In fact, it is just the opposite. Sexual harassment is still a serious issue in Minnesota workplaces.

Sexual harassment and employer liability

People in Minnesota go to work and expect to be treated fairly. However, this is not always the case. Many people face adverse conditions at work that can amount to an illegal hostile working environment. Sexual harassment, in particular, can be devastating to employees. In the right circumstances, sexual harassment can be degrading, humiliating and offensive.

Quid pro quo and sexual harassment

Individuals in Minnesota may believe that if they work hard at their jobs, that they can see rewards. They may believe that they could get a raise or a promotion by their own efforts. However, sometimes more sinister forces are at work when individuals are promoted in the workplace. There are cases where employees are offered incentives for participating in illegal conduct in the workplace.

Two male employees sue popular restaurant for harassment

Some Minnesota residents may have certain misconceptions about the law. Individuals often hear of legal issues by reading the news or watching television shows or movies, but these sources may not relay the complete story when it comes to how the law actually works in certain situations.

Four myths about sexual harassment in Minnesota

Nearly every employee has heard the term "sexual harassment," but not everyone understands exactly what it means. In spite of efforts by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and various Minnesota organizations, myths abound in this area of law.

Athletic director of UMN accused of sexual harassment

As previous posts discussed, sexual harassment in the workplace can be a very uncomfortable situation for employees, and it is often a difficult incident to discuss or report. However, these are incidents that should be reported and addressed. When employees believe that they are a victim of sexual harassment in the work environment, it is important that the employees understand that they have options and recourses available to them.

Sexual harassment investigation following a claim by an employee

When employees in Minnesota and elsewhere believe that they are victims of sexual harassment, it is often difficult to speak up or file a report or claim. It is often an uncomfortable situation, and many employees might not fully understand what it means to file an action against a harasser. Because of that, it is important be become familiar with the process and what a sexual harassment investigation entails.

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