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What is sexual harassment?

When a person intimidates, bullies, or forces in a sexual type of nature this is considered to be sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can also be when a person makes inappropriate or unwanted promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors and in most legal standings, sexual harassment is illegal and the person that does the harassing can get in trouble. The person that is the one harassing the employee can be a supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or anyone that is not an employee of the employer like a client or customer. Sexual harassment can include sexual abuse or sexual assault and is illegal employment discrimination. For more questions that have been answered by Experts read below.

If a person is accused of sexual harassment and was never told of the accusation and then later found that the accusations were false, can the person sue the accuser for anything?

If the person made a false accusation or negative statements about someone else, then this would be considered to be slander against the person the rumors were being said. If the person that is accused is wrongfully accused, then they would have the right to sue for damages. Any type of comment that is false that is made about the person can be included in the slander definition.

In the state of Florida, if a person files a sexual harassment claim against their manager and then the manager gets fired as well as the accuser, how would the person proceed?

In the state of Florida, the person would want to first file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) first and if they find that the allegations are true then they can pursue the company directly. The EEOC can also grant the person a right to sue letter so that they can pursue a suit against the employer.

Would meetings at a church, be considered possible to sue for sexual harassment in the state of Arizona?

In the state of Arizona, laws dealing with sexual harassment generally deal with matters in the workplace. Since there is no working relationship in a meeting type of place, then generally there is not a case for sexual harassment. If the person feels that there was crime committed, then the person would need to take the matter to the police.

If a person files a sexual harassment suit against their employer and then the lawyer they hired tells them that the statute of limitations has run out, what can the person do?

If the statute of limitations has run out, then there is generally nothing that the person can do. Generally in most states if the person files for sexual harassment, then they would have 180 days from the date of the incident to file a suit or complaint against the employer. The person may be able to file a grievance against the attorney for not informing the person for the options that they had.

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a common occurrence. When a person is sexually harassed, then they may have concerns about what they can do, what the laws are, or how to proceed with a suit against the employer. When these concerns arise, then the person would need to contact an Expert.

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Recent Sexual Harassment Questions

  • My wife and I were walking through at store a few days ago

    My wife and I were walking through at store a few days ago and while walking, a man working for a pillow company, come up to us with the pillow in front of his private area and asked my wife " Would you like to squeeze this? " I was completely offended by the question and kept on walking. My wife did the same. I consider what was said to be a form of sexual harassment and I was disgusted. I am wondering if there is anything I can do. Can I make a case against this company do to what was said?
  • I had a meeting with my immediate manager to catch up on things,

    I had a meeting with my immediate manager to catch up on things, and at the very end, he presented me with a written warning letter with the basis being sexual harassment. Situation was what happened on November 21 when I had to use the women's restroom on our floor because the men's was out of order. This was after hours (after 5PM), and I knocked on the door to see if anyone was there(no reply), and then opened the door slightly and asked if anyone was inside (no reply again). I quickly used the restroom (I really had to go), and when I exited, a co-worker took photos of me, but in a supposed very joking way. The next day, she posted these photos on our company e-mail (distributed to everyone in the office) saying what I had done. I never gave her permission to do so, and while her action is being addressed separately, I am also being written up because of what I did.
    I'm just curious if the company can even do this for an action that was taken after hours (when I'm off the clock), and also because I used common sense protocol before entering the bathroom. Everyone seemed to make a joke of it after the pictures were distributed, with one Manager asking if I had remembered to put the seat back down! There was a sign on the Men's bathroom saying to use another floor's restroom, but I just had to go.
    I'm not sure if I should fight this, or just let it go, but the people in the office who complained about my action wouldn't even have known about it except for the action of the co-worker, who sent the photos to everyone in the office.
  • Good Morning Mr. William: I have asked the portion of this

    Good Morning Mr. William: I have asked the portion of this question already. but I extended few questions. Sorry for confusion. Looks like I closed the question and I have more additional questions. I have son with autism. Child services in the county
    are providing services through a Personal Care Services company like 32 hours a week of Personal care attendant helping my son. As a parent I was told by the services company that I am onsite(our home) coordinator managing their time sheets and additional
    training. I received a phone call from the Personal care services company that one of the personal care attendant working at my home has made a complaint (some sort of serious allegatios on me as dad: assuming sexual harassment from the way they explained
    over the phone) and they cannot provide any services and will report to child services department in the county. We had issues with Personal Care attendant in the past and she mentioned about leaving us as she found a new job. Looks like she kept some sort
    of past grudge and complained on us just before leaving and starting her new job today. She has been working with my son from past four months. We had other PCA's that we never have problem with and how do I protect my family from this accusation. I was serious
    on her when several issues happened about when she did not treat my son properly in last four months. PCA company did not even ask me for explanation or listen to my version. They just said we cannot provide you any more services and called all the PCA's to
    cancel the service and not to attend my son. Are they not supposed to listen to me? Should I contact child services now or I should wait to hear back from them ? Will I face any problem for my sons services? Should I contact my son's social worker and update
    him of this situation or wait for him to call me? Assuming that we being accused based on what I am hearing. Can they take away the services without proving/witness of what the PCA(she) has claimed as the services company said they are investigating? From
    what I have explained do we become third party(client) in this scenario. What are our liabilities in this scenario and how can we protect ourselves. This program from county is known as PCA choice which means I hire the PCA’s with skills that can help my son
    with autism and they will fill the applications with services company (Vendor to the county to provide payroll services and act as employer) . Some of the PCA’s were working for me before getting these services and now they are calling me to say if they can
    continue work for me. Can I rehire them personally when the PCA services company has said they cannot work for us as they are their employees?
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