Unfortunately, large and small companies alike are having to deal with more problems than ever regarding workplace safety and conditions. From unsafe work conditions, discrimination claims and employee issues, it appears sexual harassment in the workplace is one of the top issues facing employers throughout Tennessee and the United States.
Nationally, sexual harassment claims have been at the forefront with high-profile investigations involving well known individuals and companies just in the last few weeks. USA Today reported that Hollywood business mogul Harvey Weinstein could face lawsuits related to decades of disturbing and disgusting conduct. The Washington Post reported that New Orleans celebrity Chef John Besh resigned from his corporation to deal with pending sexual harassment claims.
The last few months have also seen celebrity journalist Bill O’Reilly allegedly settle numerous sexual harassment claims related to his behavior while employed at Fox News. O’Reilly reportedly paid $32 million to settle a pending sexual harassment claim related to his actions toward a fellow Fox News employee.
What must be known is that sexual harassment claims aren’t just limited to celebrities and ultra-successful individuals. The lawyers at Chiozza Law Firm – Your901Law – have seen sexual harassment claims in all types of work environments, including small businesses, schools, restaurants, and large corporations. These are claims that should never be taken lightly, by both the victim and the employer.
If you are a victim, never assume that this treatment goes on in other workplace environments. Sexual harassment and discrimination should never be tolerated, condoned or accepted. If you believe you have been subject to sexual harassment, whether you are a man or woman, you should know your rights and options.
The Facts on Sexual Harrassment
- Sexual harassment is a type of discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
- Sexual harassment can be exhibited in many ways. As noted by The Tennessee Human Right Commission, sexual harassment is defined as any request for sexual favors.
- Other forms of sexual harassment can involve sending explicit emails or texts to a fellow employee or telling inappropriate jokes in the workplace or making sexual comments about/toward another employee. Again, know that even sending inappropriate text messages or email can be a form of sexual harassment.
- Unwanted touching is a form of sexual harassment, no matter how innocent it may seem.
- Unwelcome sexual advances or any physical and/or verbal act that makes participating in the actions directly related to his/her employment or job duties.
“Know that even sending inappropriate text messages or emails can be a form of sexual harassment.”
Sexual harassment can take on many different forms and almost always results in a hostile and offensive work environment. These claims are not limited to only female employees, as our our experience has shown instances of male sexual harassment and cases related to same sex harassment.
These are claims that can be difficult to confront as they will usually involve discussing and uncovering embarrassing and harmful conduct by a fellow coworker, manager, supervisor, etc. These claims must be handled in a discreet and confidential manner, ensuring your rights are protected.
Experienced attorneys at The Chiozza Law Firm are familiar with sexual harassment and discrimination claims and will help explore all your options while investigating your claim in a discreet and confidential manner.
We are a family-run law firm that believes all workplaces should adhere to a family environment. Again, sexual harassment in the work environment should never be tolerated, condoned or accepted. If you believe you have been the victim of sexual harassment/discrimination, contact us for a confidential case evaluation. Please call 901-526-9494 to speak with an attorney to discuss your rights and options. For emergencies and after-hour inquiries please email Brian Chiozza, firstname.lastname@example.org, for assistance.
We understand that as a client your work schedule and daily life is hectic, so we do not require appointments. Walk-in consultations, updates or advice is always welcome and encouraged at our downtown office, located in Downtown Memphis, 230 Adams Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103. After all, you have chosen to allow us to take on your representation, therefore we work for you, not the other way around. Whether you need legal advice or just want to say hello, our doors are always open.
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