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Is Sexual Harassment a Form of Discrimination?

Discrimination comes in many forms, including sexual harassment. Here is what you should know about this type of discrimination to help you decide whether or not you should contact a sexual harassment attorney in L.A.

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In a sexual harassment case, understanding your rights will determine if filing suit should be your next step. Source: MorgueFile

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which specifically applies to employers with more than 15 employees, as well as state, local, and federal governments, sexual harassment is defined as a type of sex discrimination. Sexual harassment can cover a wide range of behaviors, including request for sexual favors, sexual advances that are not welcomed, and a number of other forms of physical and verbal conduct that are deemed sexual in nature. Under the Civil Rights Act, this conduct must also affect work performance or create a work environment that is offensive, hostile, or intimidating.

Sexual harassment can take several different shapes. Victims of sexual harassment may be either male or female and the perpetrator can be either of the opposite or same sex. Sexual harassment can come from any other person in the office, including an agent, supervisor, non-employee, or co-worker. Individuals who are not directly the victim of the perpetrator but are still affected by the offending conduct, can also be considered victims of sexual harassment. Neither economic injury nor dismissal from employment have to occur for the case to be considered sexual harassment. It is also important to recognize that, in order for sexual harassment to have taken place, the advances must have been unwanted.

With these guidelines, you can help determine whether or not you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the work place. If you require a sexual harassment attorney in L.A., contact us at Jackson & Associates for more information about our legal services.

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