Employers are prohibited from subjecting employees to a (1) hostile working environment based on the employee's race and/or sex, or (2) quid pro quo sexual harassment.
(1) A racially or sexually hostile work environment occurs when harassing conduct is so frequent, or severe and pervasive, that it literally creates an abusive working atmosphere for the employee. Examples of conduct that may create a race and/or sex based hostile environment include-
- coarse sexual or racial joking
- use of racial slurs
- dissemination, posting or displaying offensive pictures, words, or symbols
- unwelcome touching
- comments about one's body parts
- discussions about racial or ethnic stereotypes.
(2) Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when a manager or supervisor requests sexual favors from an employee in connection with some term or condition of employment.
If you believe that you have been harassed or bullied based on your race or sex; or if you have been propositioned for sexual favors by a manager or supervisor, please contact our firm. The Blackburn Law Firm offers traditional legal representation or more discrete guidance and coaching via our Employee Advocate Program. We look forward to working with you.