As our work places began to evolve, you have men who are taking traditionally female roles like nurses and stay at home moms and more female employees are taking on role of entrepreneur and CEO. Despite the change in the times, the wage gap is still prevalent; little change has occurred but there is still a ways to go. With the changes in roles, things like sexual harassment remain an old foe. While it is assumed that women are the only one who are subjected to sexual harassment that is not always the case. Sexual harassment consists of jokes that are sexual in nature and make you feel uncomfortable, requests for sexual favors, unwelcome touching, rubbing, or hugging, requests for private meetings outside of work, and use of inappropriate body images to advertise events, just to name a few. Though all of the above are examples of sexual harassment, as a lay person, not well versed in the application of the law, you should seek assistance to find out what your options are.
In most cases of sexual harassment, both the individual as well as the employer can be subjected to civil action following the incident. The range of injury will likely address the emotional, mental , and physical facets of the case. Because of the possible involvement or lack of action by the company, a principal called, “respondent superior” becomes relevant in that it translates as “let the master answer”. In this context it means that employers are responsible for the actions of their employees who are performing tasks within the scope of their employment. This is better for the victims, as most companies will be able to better compensate you, in the event your cries for assistance went unheard and brushed under the carpet.
If you have been the victim of sexual harassment, you should contact an experienced attorney, like a personal injury attorney Dekalb County GA can count on, to better gauge what your rights are as soon as possible. Because sexual harassment is a form of personal injury, due to its mental, physical, or emotional injury, an attorney with personal injury experience will be able to review the facts of the case and direct you on what will happen next. Your attorney will be able pinpoint the issue, determine what your options are, and with your help, devise a plan of attack that get you the compensation you deserve. You should never be made to feel uncomfortable in the workplace or any common place whether you’re male or female.
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