What Qualifies as Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

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Recent times have opened our eyes as a society to how prevalent sexual harassment is in the workplace. If you are looking to file a sexual harassment claim, it is important that you speak with an experienced employment attorney who will provide you with the proper guidance to proceed. Continue reading and contact our firm to learn what qualifies as sexual harassment in the workplace and how to take legal action against your employer as a victim of sexual harassment.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment is not limited to inappropriate touching or advances in the workplace. Sexual harassment may also include inappropriate jokes, insults, and written or graphic materials that denigrate an employee or group of employees. Some of the most common examples of sexual harassment in the workplace are as follows:

• Promising promotions or other benefits in exchange for sexual favors
• Offensive comments, vulgar statements
• Being made to feel intimidated or powerless
• Slurs
• Being demoted, fired, or otherwise penalized for reporting sexual harassment

You may have a valid sexual harassment case against your employer if you feel your future employment is at risk if you do not comply or that continued harassment has affected your ability to do your job.

What are the state and federal protections from sexual harassment in the workplace?

You are protected as an employee under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In addition, Virginia law protects employees from harassment and may entitle an employee to more damages than under Title VII.

If you have reported sexual harassment to your company’s HR department or your supervisor and the harassment has continued, you should file a claim with Virginia Office of Civil Rights or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. And, if you have been terminated or forced to resign as a result of the harassment or hostile work environment, you should also file a claim.

If you are a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced employment attorney who can handle your case. Contact Passero Employment Law to discuss your situation. We are prepared to fight for your rights as an employee in Virginia. Give our firm a call to schedule your initial consultation.


At Passero Employment Law, we understand it is difficult to confront problems in the workplace or face litigation. With that in mind, we take a solutions-oriented approach to our representation – focusing on the right process and the right solution for each of our clients. To discuss your case, do not hesitate to contact Passero Employment Law today.

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