Mansfield, TX – Sexual harassment is a serious problem in American workplaces that has gained more attention in recent years. This means that it is more important than ever for workers to receive training related to harassment and understand how it can happen to them.
Here is an overview of some important facts about harassment that will help workers protect their own rights. Additional information can always be obtained from a lawyer who practices in this area of labor and employment law.
Harassment generally fits into two distinct categories
While there are many kinds of disputes or problems that can happen in a workplace, those who want relief under the state or federal sexual harassment laws must show behavior that fits into either a quid pro quo situation or a hostile work environment. Quid pro quo harassment is when the victim’s boss or supervisor has requested some kind of sexual act, usually in the form of a threat that the victim needs to comply to keep their job or receive some kind of benefits. The other type of legally actionable sexual harassment is a hostile work environment where other coworkers, superiors, customers, clients or other parties have mistreated a person based on their gender or sex. This mistreatment needs to be pervasive enough that the victim’s ability to complete their job duties is affected.
Victims can be of any gender
Many noteworthy sexual harassment cases over the years have involved male management attempting to exploit their female employees. However, it is possible that the victim of sexual harassment can be of any gender. The person responsible for the harassment can also be of any gender or the same gender as the victim. The genders of the people involved do not limit a victim’s ability to get relief.
There are limitations on what a victim will be paid
Sexual harassment laws place damage caps on the payouts to victims. While this should not deter a victim from getting help and taking legal action if necessary, people who file cases against their employer should also have realistic expectations. The damage caps increase with the size of the company, which means that those who work for very large companies have a much higher ceiling in terms of the money that they can collect through a lawsuit.
Sexual harassment lawyers in Texas
Moore and Associates is a firm that handles sexual harassment issues as well as other labor law matters such as unpaid wages and discrimination. Their lawyers are available to assist anyone who needs additional advice about any of these topics.
USAttorneys.com is a web directory of lawyers in every jurisdiction in the United States. People who need a referral to a local legal professional can call 800-672-3103 for assistance.
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