Sexual harassment is a prominent issue in work environments around the globe. Courts recognize sexual harassment as unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical sexual behaviors that create a hostile workplace. Victims of sexual harassment may experience significant mental and physical health problems as a result of the harassment and have the right to seek legal action.
Understanding the types of sexual harassment in Florida can help victims recognize their legal rights and is the first step toward promoting a safe, professional work environment.
The Main Types of Sexual Harassment
The main types of sexual harassment in Florida workplaces include:
Verbal Sexual Harassment
- Unwanted flirting or flirting that’s considered excessive by the other person
- Asking someone out on a date after they’ve already said no
- Using what the other person considers to be suggestive sexual language
- Requests for sexual favors
Physical Sexual Harassment
- Offensive or obscene gestures
- Unwanted touching
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual assault
Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment
Quid pro quo sexual harassment in the workplace refers to when a manager or worker in a superior position pressures an employee for sexual favors to retain their employment. With this type of sexual harassment, a person in power in the workplace may attempt to compromise a worker’s employment prospects if they decline a sexual favor or advance. This is illegal and creates a hostile work environment. Victims of quid pro quo sexual harassment have the right to take legal action against their aggressors.
Pursuing a sexual harassment case can be a highly stressful and complex situation. Many victims are unsure if they’ve experienced what’s legally recognized as sexual harassment, leading to hesitation in taking legal action.
The knowledgeable attorneys at Weldon & Rothman have extensive experience in employment law cases. We provide aggressive representation for victims of sexual harassment. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.