If you are a victim of sexual harassment, it is most likely that the courts will defer to the federal statutes under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which strictly proscribes sexual harassment in the workplace and seeks to compensate harassment victims and to stop it from occurring. To stop sexual harassment in your workplace, it is imperative that you hire an Arkansas sexual harassment lawyer to handle your claim.
What constitutes sexual harassment in Arkansas?
Although it’s not included under a specific Arkansas law, it is illegal to sexually discriminate against an individual because it violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A person has the right not to be sexually harassed while in the workplace by anyone – from another employee to a boss or supervisor. Many things constitute sexually-harassing behavior; among them are:
- Verbal or unwelcome requests for sexual favors and lewd sounds or remarks
- Any physical touching that is either in gesture or actual
- Any visual pictures that are sexually explicit in content
- Either explicitly or implicitly asking for sexual favors to gain a position, or preventing someone from gaining a position if they refuse a request for a sexual favor
In general, any conduct that is sexual in nature that creates either a hostile, uncomfortable or intimidating work environment and hinders someone from work performance can be considered sexual harassment.
What are the various types of workplace sexual harassment claims?
According to federal law, you can be the victim of workplace sexual harassment in two different ways.