SEXUAL HARASSMENT & ASSAULT
Sexual harassment in the workplace is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other offensive verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Unfortunately, it has become a common form of employment discrimination, which can manifest itself in verbal, written, and/or physical forms. Regardless of what form it takes, federal law prohibits sexual harassment and assault under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
There are two primary types of sexual harassment:
Quid pro quo: This type of sexual harassment is what often makes news headlines. It occurs when an employer, supervisor, or manager bases specific employment decisions on whether an employee complies with sexual demands. The employer may demand that an employee go on a date, have sexual intercourse, or allow the employer to touch her or him in certain ways in order to keep their job or get a promotion.
Hostile work environment: Hostile work environment sexual harassment involves an employee who is subjected to unwanted sexual advances or conduct that interferes with his or her work performance, or creates a demoralizing and offensive work environment. The harasser may be a co-worker, manager, supervisor, independent contractor, customer, or other onsite third-party.
Sexual assault occurs when a person initiates sexual contact without the victim’s consent.
Sexual assault includes:
Fondling, groping or unwanted sexual touching
Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex
Penetration of the victim’s body, rape
Mark Mulick has years of experience representing clients who have been subject to sexual harassment violations. He’s successfully represented clients in the following areas:
Plaintiff, a minor at the time, was sexually assaulted and harassed by a priest.
Plaintiff's supervisor took her to a back storage room, removed his penis from his trousers and asked her to perform oral sex on him.
Plaintiffs were two brothers who were altar boys. Complaint against the priest who sexually assaulted them was filed many years after the conventional statute of limitation had expired.
We understand that being a victim of sexual harassment or assault can severely impact your career and your emotional and physical health. If you need legal assistance with a workplace-related claim, please contact our office immediately.