Boise, ID- Sexual harassment and discrimination are abusive behaviors that employees of all sexes, races, religious persuasions and sexual orientations are subjected to daily in their Idaho workplaces. Sexual harassment is a very common form of workplace abuse affecting both men and women and generally takes one of two forms which USAttorneys will discuss here.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says harassment as “unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.” Harassment, whether it is sexual in nature or one employee bullying another, can create a hostile environment and if not satisfactorily addressed can lead to a costly civil suit.

Generally, sexual harassment is broken down into two categories: hostile work environment and quid pro quo. Both of which we’ll discuss.

Hostile Work Environment

This type of workplace sexual harassment occurs when a boss, supervisor, coworker or customer (for those in the service industry) subjects an employee to unwanted sexual advances and other sexually inappropriate behavior. Dirty jokes, comments about a coworker breasts, or repeated requests for sexual favors are a few examples of this type of sexual harassment.

Victims of a hostile work environment feel humiliated, embarrassed and abused. They dread going into work each day and, overtime, being repeatedly subjected to this behavior can take an emotional toll. It is also very toxic for the whole workplace because it creates disharmony among the ranks and leads to declining productivity and a high turnover rate.

Quid pro Quo

Quid pro quo is the second type of workplace sexual harassment and is usually perpetrated by supervisors, bosses and other higher-up. In Latin quid pro quo means “this for that,” so this type of harassment generally entails a person in a position of power coercing a subordinate employee into exchanging sexual favors for job security, a raise or promotion, to name an few examples. Quid pro quo can go on for years and sometimes starts as a workplace romance.

If you are the victim of workplace sexual harassment or discrimination, we recommend you speak with a sexual harassment lawyer in Idaho. You may be entitled to compensation for loss of wages if you were fired, and damages for your emotional distress.

To file a sexual harassment suit you must be able to show the behavior was repeated and pervasive. You must also be able to show that you reported the behavior to your employer and they failed to take action. If you are being harassed or discriminated against, you need to know that you don’t have to tolerate the behavior. You also need to know that one of our sexual harassment lawyers in Idaho will help you recover the compensation you deserve. USAttorneys can connect you with an employment lawyer who will stand up for your rights and work hard to obtain the settlement you are entitled to for your abuse.