Q) I have been at my job for almost 2 years. I have had issues with management for the entire time. Last year, I was written up because I filed a harassment claim and then yesterday this happened:
I was inappropriately touched by a male employee. I followed all the steps to initiate my claim. He was called into H.R. where everyone was laughing and carrying on. H.R. support (my boss, a female,also) has been unfriendly to me since the incident occurred. This happened today. The male employee has continued to refer tp me as Honey after the incident. Another male employee had warned me recently about the male employee being inappropriate towards other females in the company. All I asked is that he not touch me again but now that this has turned into a joke, I aI was the literally humiliated and sick. Nothing was done and apparently nothing was done in the past to correct this. I feel very alone.
I called the Dept of labor last year and they made me feel like i was the one at fault. Something needs to be done. I need some help here
A) If you feel you are being harassed you need to report it your state department of labor.
Harassment is a form of employment discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA).
Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Harassment becomes unlawful where 1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or 2) the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive. Anti-discrimination laws also prohibit harassment against individuals in retaliation for filing a discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or lawsuit under these laws; or opposing employment practices that they reasonably believe discriminate against individuals, in violation of these laws.
Petty slights, annoyances, and isolated incidents (unless extremely serious) will not rise to the level of illegality. To be unlawful, the conduct must create a work environment that would be intimidating, hostile, or offensive to reasonable people.
Offensive conduct may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work performance. Harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, including, but not limited to, the following:
The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, an agent of the employer, a co-worker, or a non-employee.
The victim does not have to be the person harassed, but can be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
Unlawful harassment may occur without economic injury to, or discharge of, the victim. more herehttp://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/harassment.cfm