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What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment in North Dakota includes any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that affects a person’s performance at work and creates a hostile work environment. It is considered a form of discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964and is against the law in North Dakota.
Types of Sexual Harassment
There are several kinds of sexual harassment behaviors that can range from relatively mild to severe. Sexual harassment may include a series of relatively mild transgressions, such as general lewd jokes, or can be a one-time serious act, such as rape. Below are some of the most common types of unwanted sexual behaviors encountered at the workplace:
• Lewd joke or comment about someone’s appearance, body, sexual orientation, or sex life
• Rumors about a person that are sexual in nature
• General sexual comment that may be found offensive
• Sending emails containing sexual content
• Stalking someone
• Inappropriately touching someone without their consent (i.e. hugging, kissing, fondling or groping)
• Looking at someone up and down
• Repeatedly asking someone out on a date or for sexual favors
• Quid pro quo sexual requests (offering something to the victim in exchange for sexual favors)
• Physical attack against a victim (i.e. rape or attempt at rape)
Victims of Sexual Harassment
Although the majority of sexual harassment victims are women, in reality, anyone can be the target of sexual harassment. Victims can be of any gender, race, ethnicity, age, religious background or sexual orientation, and same applies to harassers. The victims and offenders may even be of the same sex. In addition, the victims of sexual harassment do not have to be directly involved or affected by then conduct. Anyone who finds the behaviors offensive may also file a sexual harassment complaint.
Although sexual harassment most often occurs at a workplace, it can also happen in school or any other facility. The offender can be a co-worker, supervisor, teacher, or even someone that does not work at the victim’s company or attend their school. Offenders generally don’t take “no” for an answer, so victims should seek help as soon as possible to ensure that the harassment stops and the perpetrator is brought to justice.
Sexual Harassment Laws in North Dakota
Victims and their jobs are protected by North Dakota law. If a person who has been victimized or who reports a sexual harassment complaint is fired, demoted or has their position negatively affected in some way, this conduct may also be considered a form of sexual harassment and is a violation under both federal law and the North Dakota Human Rights Act, North Dakota Century Code Chapter 14-02.4.
Those who feel as though they have been harassed at work should first let the offender know that their actions are unwelcome. If the perpetrator doesn’t stop, the victim may escalate the matter and speak with a supervisor or Human Resources representative. However, if the situation remains unchanged, victims have a right to take legal action.
Filing a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
The victims of sexual harassment are entitled to seek legal help in order to rid the workplace of hostility and discrimination. If you or someone you know has been suffering because of sexual harassment, speak to a leading sexual harassment lawyer in North Dakota right away.
Victims have a legal right to work in a place that is free of sexual harassment. As a victim, you may be entitled to receive thousands, possibly millions of dollars in compensation for your pain and suffering and your sexual harassment attorney will see to it that you obtain the maximum compensation possible.
Although help is readily available for those who have been affected by sexual harassment, many sexual harassment victims do not come forward out of embarrassment or fear that the harasser will retaliate. Not only is sexual harassment illegal in North Dakota, but retaliation against those who seek help is also against the law. Don’t wait until the conduct becomes worse or until someone else gets hurt before you take legal action. Speak to a skilled team of sexual harassment lawyers immediately to ensure that the behaviors stop and that the harasser is put to justice.
Sexual harassment attorneys are here to help you fight for your rights. Contact an employment lawyer in your area today to discuss your options and file a sexual harassment suit.