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Understanding Sexual Harassment Law
Under federal and state law, sexual harassment is considered a specific type of workplace discrimination. Here in South Carolina, both state and federal laws protect private and public employees from discrimination and harassment based on their sex. Under the South Carolina Human Affairs Law, South Carolina Code Section 1-13-10, private and public employers with 15 or more employees are prohibited from discriminating against employees because of their sex and related issues such as pregnancy, childbirth, and other similar medical conditions. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is a violation of federal law to discriminate or harass an employee or applicant because of their sex.
Examples of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment occurs when a person experiences unwelcomed sexual advances or other conduct related to that employee’s perceived or actual sex that has negative effects on that employee or their work environment. Sexual harassment can take a variety of forms and may not seem obvious at first.
Some of the typical types of sexual harassment that occur in the workplace include:
- Hiring, promotion and continued employment being conditioned on an employee’s participation in sexual conduct, and/or that employee’s agreement to not become pregnant or otherwise engage in/refrain from sexual-related acts
- The making of offensive comments regarding one’s actual or perceived gender/sex
- The making of offensive comments regarding a particular gender class
- Unwelcomed sexual advances made by other employees or the employer
- Sexual comments made to or about an employee
- Sexually explicit visual images being placed at or distributed within the employment location
Sexual harassment often takes place in a quid pro quo form. Harassment is considered quid pro quo if, for example, benefits or a salary increase is dependent upon the employee acquiescing to the sexual harassment. The victim may feel obligated to perform sexual favors or otherwise succumb to the harassment in order to protect their employment.
Reach Out to Us for Help
Sexual harassment is an unlawful act that can be committed against both male and female employees. If you believe you have been a victim of sexual harassment or any other employment discrimination, you have legal protections and rights under both state and federal law. Don’t hesitate to contact Anastopoulo Law Firm today to receive your free case evaluation and to learn how we can help you.
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