Five Warning Signs of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Resolving sexual harassment in the workplace.

Recent news suggests that sexual harassment is rampant in workplaces in California and across the country. You have most likely heard of the viral #MeToo campaign in recent months. Millions of people targeted with sexual assault or harassment have used the hashtag to share their stories. Sexual harassment can lead to a hostile workplace or even psychological issues. Therefore, it is important to recognize the warning signs of sexual harassment.

  1. Unwelcome physical advances. Unwelcome physical interactions could be a warning sign of sexual harassment. The perpetrator or perpetrators may subject you to unwelcome physical advances, such as backrubs, kissing or hugging.
  2. Unwelcome emails or texts. Sexual harassment can also take place over social media, text messaging or emails. Beware of unwelcome emails, text messages, memes or photos that are sexist or sexually-oriented. You may be able to save these communications if you plan to file a complaint.
  3. Nicknames, slurs and verbal harassment. Perpetrators of workplace sexual harassment may use sexually-oriented or sexist slurs to describe coworkers. Verbal sexual harassment does not only occur in person, but also over the phone.
  4. Unwelcome flirting or requests for intimacy. Repeated attempts at flirting or requests for dates could be sexual harassment if they make you uncomfortable and the person refuses to stop.
  5. Quid pro quo offers. Quid pro quo, or “this for that”, is a type of sexual harassment where a supervisor uses his or her authority to solicit sexual favors. For instance, they may offer a raise or promotion in exchange for sexual activity. They may also threaten your job or professional standing for refusing these requests.

Questions About Sexual Harassment? Contact Our Modesto Employment Law Attorneys

Our blog only lists a few common examples of sexual harassment warning signs. You should consider your legal options if one or more coworkers are contributing to a hostile workplace. Depending on your situation, there could be options to hold your employer accountable for allowing sexual harassment to persist.

If you are experiencing workplace sexual harassment, then it can help to speak with an attorney. The Modesto employment law attorneys at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin can help determine possible solutions for ending the harassment or seeking damages.