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Illinois sexual harassment lawyerWe would like to believe that we live in an age where mistreating another person due to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or any other personal characteristic is a thing of the past. Of course, we realize that there will always be certain individuals who behave poorly, but overall, our allegedly “enlightened” society should not have to deal with such problems on a widespread basis. Unfortunately, however, reality does not always match our expectations. A recent study has found that an overwhelming majority of American women will experience some form of sexual harassment before they reach the age of 25.

A Study on Relationships and Sex

A team of researchers from Harvard University conducted in-depth surveys of more than 3,000 high school students and young adults between ages 18 and 25. The study examined how young people approach romantic and sexual relationships based on their personal values and past experiences. While the research covered a variety of topics such as the perception of the so-called “hook-up” culture and concerns about building meaningful romantic relationships, the results revealed some rather disturbing details.

The research team asked participants for their opinions on gender roles and portrayals in our society. About 40 percent of respondents agreed or were neutral regarding the idea that it is “rare to see a woman treated in an inappropriately sexualized manner on television.” Additionally, one-third of young men and one-fifth of young women believed that a man should be dominant in a romantic relationship while only 14 percent of males and 10 percent of females thought a woman should have a more dominant role.

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Illinois sexual harassment attorneysWhile we know that television often glamorizes certain fantasies, one would be excused for believing in the idea of finding love in the workplace. Take the hit sitcom The Office, for example. Who wouldn’t want to find the Pam to their Jim or vice versa?

Of course, dating in the workplace has become much more complicated in recent years, especially in light of the #MeToo movement. More complicated, however, does not mean totally off limits. Even in 2020, it may be possible to ask a co-worker out on a date, but it is important to do so with great care and respect for your co-worker as a person.

Know the Rules

The first thing to keep in mind when it comes to dating a co-worker is that there might be rules against it, especially if one of you is in management and the other is not. In some workplaces, fraternization is formally prohibited. In others, it is merely frowned upon. In certain work environments, however—particularly those with many non-work interactions or after-hours events, workplace romances may be tolerated or outright supported.

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Illinois sexual harassment attorneys Sexual harassment in the workplace continues to be a major problem throughout the United States. Hostile work environment sexual harassment and quid pro quo sexual harassment are in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as several other state, local, and federal laws. However, many victims of sexual harassment are afraid to report instances of sexual harassment because they have signed a non-disclosure agreement. If you or someone you know has suffered workplace sexual harassment, an experienced sexual harassment lawyer can help you understand your rights and ensure these rights are protected.

How Are Non-Disclosure Agreements Used in Sexual Harassment Settlements?

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is a legally binding contract that limits the information that one or more parties is allowed to share. NDAs are often used in business transactions such as business purchases so that a party cannot misuse confidential information it learns about a company. However, NDAs can also influence sexual harassment cases, as they are often used in sexual harassment settlements.

When a victim of sexual harassment suffers financial such as lost income, the victim’s employer may be forced to compensate the victim for this financial harm. Sexual harassment settlements often include non-disclosure agreements that prohibit the victim from disclosing the amount of money he or she gained in the settlement or other details about the case. An NDA can also limit what information the employer may share about a sexual harassment case.

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