Defining 'Sexual Harassment' Under The Law

Sexual harassment is merely another form of sex discrimination, and when it occurs in the workplace, it is a violation of federal and Florida law. Sexual harassment can involve any type of unwelcome sexual behavior, whether it is in the form of a sexual favor request, a sexual advance or any other physical or verbal action of a sexual nature.

There are typically two types of sexual harassment prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

  • Quid pro quo sexual harassment: This occurs when your boss, supervisor or manager requests a sexual favor in return for a benefit at work, including a promotion, raise, better job assignment or simply to keep your job. Generally, to prove quid pro quo sexual harassment, you will need to show that 1) your supervisor harassed you, 2) the harassment/sexual request was unwelcome and 3) some aspect of your employment was contingent on your response to the sexual request.
  • Hostile work environment harassment: This occurs when unwanted sexual attention or conduct is severe or pervasive enough to make working conditions so bad that any reasonable person would find the workplace intimidating, offensive or hostile. This type of sexual harassment can include instances in which co-workers engage in unwanted sexual behavior or constantly make sexual jokes that interfere with your work performance. Degrading or patronizing behavior may also qualify as sexual harassment.

In many cases, you may not even realize that you might be a victim of sexual harassment, which is why it is often best to speak with an experienced employment law attorney.

Dedicated To Eradicating Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

At The Amlong Firm, our lawyers are committed to helping women fight sexual harassment. You should not have to go to work every day and fear unwanted sexual advances or inappropriate sexual conduct from your managers and co-workers.

Contact us today and learn how we can help you end the harassment. You can reach us online or call us at 954-519-2235. From our Fort Lauderdale office, we help workers from all over South Florida deal with sexual harassment and hostile work environment claims.