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What is Considered Sexual Harassment in Connecticut?
In Connecticut, any unwelcome behavior, including verbal, visual or physical action, that is sexual in nature is considered to be a form of sexual harassment. The incidents must create a hostile work environment, in which the victim does not feel comfortable or safe, and must be persistent and severe, occurring without the victim’s consent. Any sexual jokes, dating or touching that is welcome is not considered sexual harassment.
There are several forms of sexual harassment, which vary in severity and frequency. The following are examples of sexual harassment behaviors in Connecticut:
• Verbal sexual harassment: Includes any joke or comment about a person’s physical appearance, clothing, or lewd sexual comments in general that a person might find offensive
• Quid pro quo sexual harassment: Involves employer or someone in a higher position than the victim offering benefits, such as a promotion or raise, in exchange for sexual favors.
• Non-verbal sexual harassment: Includes looking at someone up and down, stalking, or taking pictures of someone without their consent.
• Written sexual harassment: Involves any written document, letter, email or text message that is unwanted and sexual in nature.
• Physical sexual harassment: Includes any unwanted touching (i.e. kissing or hugging), aggressive or violent behavior, such as rape or attempt at rape.
Who can be Hurt by Sexual Harassment?
Victims of sexual harassment are not limited to a specific stereotype. They may be male or female, young or old, of any race and of any sexual orientation. Sexual harassment creates a negative and hostile work environment for victims in which they no longer feel secure or content at work. Victims of sexual harassment may also find it difficult to perform daily routines and job duties and may be in fear of the harasser, afraid that they will either continue with their behaviors or act aggressively against them. victims may also feel isolated or embarrassed and may be scared to come forward with the allegations but fortunately, there is help for all victims. Sexual harassment victims in Connecticut are protected by the law and have a legal right to file a complaint about the incident.
Laws Against Sexual Harassment in Connecticut
A person may not be fired, issued a poor evaluation, demoted or have their job affected in anyway after filing a sexual harassment complaint in Connecticut. It is illegal for any employer to influence a sexual harassment victim’s job under federal law. Any form of sexual harassment in the state is prohibited by the Connecticut Discriminatory Employment Practices Act of the Connecticut General Statues. In addition, any retaliation against an employee that has reported a sexual harassment incident is prohibited by both Connecticut state law and federal law.
Employers in Connecticut are responsible for conducting investigations for each sexual harassment claim and must keep the matters private. Any employee/employer that is accused of sexual harassment must comply with the investigation procedure and answer any and all questions honestly.
Seeking Help from a Connecticut Sexual Harassment Lawyer
Victims of sexual harassment have a legal right to come forth with allegations and ensure their jobs are protected. If you or someone you know at work has been suffering due to unwanted sexual advances, comments or attacks, the time to act is now. Contact a leading Connecticut sexual harassment lawyer immediately for help.
Sexual offenders don’t care about the victim’s rights, nor do they care about the harm they are causing. Harassers rarely stop their behavior on their own, so it’s up to you to ensure that they are brought to justice. By working with a leading sexual harassment attorney, you can make sure that the harasser is apprehended and disciplined and that the workplace becomes safe and secure once more.
Although some victims may be embarrassed to come forward, more harm will be done unless someone speaks up about it. The harasser may even turn to another victim or may begin physically hurting the victim if they haven’t already done so. Don’t allow this to happen at your office. Speak to a leading team of sexual harassment lawyers right away.
Victims of sexual harassment not only have a legal right to feel safe at work, but they may also be entitled to a large compensation for their pain and suffering. Sexual harassment attorneys do whatever it takes to ensure their clients obtain the thousands, or possibly even millions of dollars in money damages they deserve. Call today to schedule a consultation with a leading sexual harassment attorney near you.
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