Government agencies can take legal action when employers fail to protect their employees from any form of sexual harassment. The fault of the employer becomes a lot more evident when the employee actively informed the employer about what was happening, but the employer fails to take the allegations seriously to any degree and they do not take the required action to stop the abuse from occurring.
Keeping this in mind, all victims of sexual harassment should make sure their first step after facing the abuse is to inform their employer as soon as possible. The employer has a duty to protect their employees and in most cases, they will act right away and make sure the abuser is penalized for their actions. However, in the case the employer fails to take any sort of action, a person will have to get a sexual harassment lawyer involved to help protect themselves from the toxic work environment they are being subjected to.
If found guilty, the employer or the institution where a person works may be sued for damages, and a person may be allowed to receive monetary relief to help them overcome the emotional and possibly physical harm that they suffered due to the harassment. Since the nature of the crime is so serious, a person may be entitled to receive a large sum of money to compensate them.
When a person is being harassed, they should take the following steps:
- Clearly say no to the abuser
- Write down everything that happened and record the date and time
- Inform the employer
- Reach out to family and friends
A person may be entitled to litigate if they suffered significant harm and they have the evidence to back up what happened.
What are the different types of sexual harassment in Idaho?
There are two main variations of sexual harassment. The first one in ‘quid pro quo’ or when an employee must carry out unwilling sexual acts to receive some sort of employee benefit and the other is ‘hostile environment’ in which improper sexual conduct is carried out in the workplace to the point that the workplace environment becomes intimidating, offensive, and hostile.
Sexual harassment is never taken lightly, and it becomes illegal when a person must comply with it to keep their job or they must go along with it to get a raise. It also becomes illegal when the harassment starts interfering with a person’s ability to work and they are unable to operate properly because of this abuse.
Anyone who suffers from this form of harassment by a fellow employee, a client, or an employer should get in touch with a legal representative to get the required legal help to potentially litigate against the guilty party.