Philadelphia, PA– Employees of both sexes, races, religious persuasions and sexual orientations are subjected to workplace discrimination or harassment every day. Sexual harassment is one of the most common forms of workplace abuse affecting between 40 and 60 percent of working women. This rampant and inappropriate behavior is illegal, harmful and takes two forms.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines harassment as “unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.” Sexual harassment victims can be targeted by a peer coworker, a subordinate or a boss and are forced to endure humiliating, degrading and disrespectful behavior when they just want to do their jobs. Generally, the harassment they endure takes one of two forms and can give them just reason to initiate a civil suit with the assistance of a sexual harassment attorney in Philadelphia.

Hostile Work Environment

This is a very common type of workplace sexual harassment and when a boss, supervisor or coworker subjects a coworker or coworkers to unwanted sexual advances, touching and comments and other sexually inappropriate behavior.

This type of sexual harassment is toxic for the victim, causing them to feel humiliated, embarrassed and abused. It is also toxic to the entire workplace by creating disharmony among coworkers, leading to decreased productivity and contributing to a high turnover rate.

It must be repeated and pervasive and ignored by their employer to warrant an EEOC investigation and/ or a civil lawsuit. So, a person facing this sexual harassment must first inform their employer they are being harassed and give them an opportunity to remedy the behavior. Failing that, the harassment victim is then urged to get speak with a lawyer well-versed in employment law determine if they have claim they need to act on.

Quid pro quo

This type of harassment is often perpetrated by supervisors, bosses and other higher-ups and literally means “this for that” in Latin. It occurs when the person in position of power abuses that power to get sexual favors from a subordinate peer or coworker (in some cases.)  For example, a supervisor can offer a subordinate a raise or day off so long as they relent to a sexual favor or turn a blind eye to inappropriate behavior.

Quid pro quo harassment can go on for years and include egregious behaviors because the victim has nowhere to turn. They have no one to report the abuse to because their person in a position to stop is the perpetrator.

Victims of sexual harassment shouldn’t have to put up harassment, retaliation or any other type of workplace discrimination. And they won’t have to if they speak with a sexual harassment lawyer in Philadelphia to advise them on what steps they need to take to stop and get justice. If you are enduring a hostile work environment and your employer isn’t stepping up to help you let USAttorneys connect you with a lawyer near location.