Most people know that sexual harassment is against the law. However, many do not realize that it is also illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for reporting sexual harassment. Retaliation can take many different forms, but most involve the employee receiving some type of negative work-related consequence. If an employer retaliates against an employee for filing a sexual harassment complaint, the employee may be entitled to damages.
You Have a Right to Oppose Unlawful Practices
Equal Employment Opportunity laws prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who report EEO violations. It is unlawful for an employer to take adverse action against a job applicant or employee who:
- Complains or threatens to complain about sexual harassment or discrimination
- Refuses to follow an order that is reasonably thought to be discriminatory
- Gathers information or evidence from coworkers about a potential EEO claim or
- Participates in an investigation into alleged sexual harassment or discrimination
When someone is the victim of sexual harassment, including hostile work environment harassment or quid pro quo harassment, he or she has a legal right to report the harassment. Whether it is a verbal complaint or a formal report with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, reporting sexual harassment is a protected act....