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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: 'Just kidding' Is Not an Excuse

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Sexual harassment in the workplace is no joke. Too often, employers try to trivialize and rationalize sexual harassment away. They may say things like "it was just a joke" or "she's just being sensitive." Sexual harassment is never acceptable, and you should not put up with it in your workplace. Whether you have been harassed at work or you want to report it, our West Virginia employment attorneys are available to help.

Sexual Jokes are Unacceptable at Work.

If you are offended by sexual jokes, it has nothing to do with your sense of humor. Those jokes can be shocking and graphic, reinforce stereotypes, and be demeaning. As a result, they can make you feel defensive or self-conscious. Ultimately, your employer should not allow sexually-oriented jokes or obscene language in the workplace if anyone could be offended or intimidated by them.

Examples of sexual jokes that may be considered harassment are:

  • Jokes containing sexual language and profanity
  • Graphic descriptions of sex acts
  • Loudly told sex jokes
  • Sexual innuendo aimed at you
  • Emails that contain sexual jokes or cartoons

Sexual predators often use sexual jokes to make unwanted sexual advances. Sexual harassment is not funny, and you have the right to work in an environment free from sexual harassment.

If You Are Sexually Harassed At Work, You Have Options

If you are being sexually harassed at work, you can take steps to protect yourself. The first step is to remember that you have rights and are not alone. Many sexual harassment victims often feel helpless, knowing this doesn't have to be the case. Your next step should be to contact an experienced employment lawyer. An employment lawyer can help you understand your rights and options as well as help you gather evidence and build a strong case against your

Bailess Law Firm PLLC is Here to Advocate for You

If you are being sexually harassed at work, you must know your rights. You do not have to put up with this behavior, and you can take action to protect yourself. At Bailess Law Firm PLLC, we have a team of knowledgeable and compassionate lawyers who can help you through this difficult time. We understand how overwhelming and frightening it can be to stand up to your employer, but we will be with you every step of the way.

Contact us today at (304) 841-0037 or through our online contact form.