What constitutes sexual harassment and what steps can I take to prevent it in the workplace? « Law Offices of Timothy Bowles | Top Employment Law Firm in Los Angeles

What constitutes sexual harassment and what steps can I take to prevent it in the workplace?

Federal and state law forbids sexual harassment, broadly “disrespectful, unprofessional and unwelcome conduct based on sex.” Such improper conduct can be verbal, written, or physical. Hostility based on gender (even if not motivated by sexual desire), sexual favoritism, and threats and demands to submit to sex in order to keep one’s job or avoid some other loss can also be unlawful.

Prevention and education are key in establishing a safe work environment for all, free from the interruptions and hostilities that sexual harassment creates. Written policy and effective training covering harassment, discrimination and retaliation are all employer responsibilities. See also, “Are You Doing Everything Possible to Prevent Workplace Sexual Harassment?.”

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