Houston, TX – A number of labor laws and regulations are on the books in Texas and every other state which are meant to protect workers from gender based harassment and unwanted sexual conduct at work. However, these kinds of incidents still do happen and the victim may need to take some time to identify exactly what sort of illegal actions took place and get appropriate legal assistance.
When someone is concerned about whether they may legitimately be a victim of sexual harassment or not, there are some signs that can provide clear guidance about the severity of workplace misconduct.
Another worker has engaged in inappropriate touching
A clear cut form of harassment is when another employee has engaged in physical contact that was not mutual. Depending on the severity of the conduct, this may even be considered criminal assault. A victim should document when this kind of physical intrusion took place, and notify their company’s human resources department to see if they will take action.
Gender based discrimination
Harassment can happen to any person regardless of gender, and it often is dealt out to certain employees by their superiors because of their gender. All workers are supposed to be treated equally, and only disciplined or reprimanded based on things like job performance or violations of company policy. Workers cannot be denied benefits, overtime pay, or have other aspects of their job affected simply because of their gender.
Feelings of dread related to going to work
Not wanting to go to work or feeling uneasy around certain other employees can be a strong sign that a person has been traumatized by harassment to a certain degree. While people may start to dislike their jobs for various reasons, if someone legitimately starts to feel distressed and out of place in their work environment for reasons that have nothing to do with their job duties, this may be a sign that one or more co-workers are the problem. Damages in a civil harassment lawsuit may be able to cover treatment for psychological trauma.
Retaliation for reporting problems
Whether the initial problem was related to sexual harassment or not, employers are not allowed to retaliate against a worker for asking to exercise a protected right or reporting illegal behavior. The victim may be able to bring a separate retaliation case against the employer for these types of actions, and a judge can possibility award punitive damages for malicious or intentional conduct that violates labor laws and sexual harassment policies.
Scheduling a meeting with a local law firm to discuss harassment at the workplace
Some firms dedicate a significant amount of their practice to bringing civil cases related to harassment. Moore and Associates is available to help victims with lawsuits in the Houston area.
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440 Louisiana Street, Suite 675, Houston, TX 77002