Being sexually harassed is an incredibly demeaning, embarrassing experience to go through. Whether an individual was the victim of quid pro quo harassment or hostile work environment harassment, the situation likely caused them many sleepless nights. Although it is every worker’s right to be free from discrimination and harassment at work, filing a sexual harassment complaint takes a great deal of courage. Unfortunately, some workers report harassment only to find themselves facing punishment or retaliation from an employer.
If you reported sexual harassment and your employer and/or the person you reported is retaliating against you, you should know that this behavior is unlawful. Retaliation violates state and federal law, and you do not have to tolerate it.
Examples of Retaliation After a Sexual Harassment Report
Imagine the following scenario: A woman has put up with her co-workers’ rude, derogatory, and offensive remarks about her body for long enough. She decides to assert her rights and file a sexual harassment complaint with her employer’s human resources department and end the harassment once and for all. She returns to work the next day only to learn that her work hours have been cut in half....