In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a significant shift occurred in the workplace landscape. The traditional office environment transformed into a remote work-from-home setting. While this change brought several benefits, such as reduced costs and increased convenience, it also altered the dynamics of workplace interactions, including the issue of sexual harassment. At Minnis & Smallets LLP, we are committed to representing employees who have been subjected to such inappropriate behavior, regardless of their work setting. Call our firm for a consultation with a knowledgeable employment attorney.
Workplace sexual harassment is a grave issue that can manifest in various forms, as defined by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It broadly encompasses quid pro quo harassment and the creation of a hostile work environment. Quid pro quo harassment involves a person in authority requesting sexual favors in exchange for professional benefits. Meanwhile, a hostile work environment involves sexual advances, jokes, or comments that create an intimidating or threatening work atmosphere.
In a remote work setting, physical sexual harassment may be absent, but other forms persist and are just as destructive. Verbal and visual sexual harassment remain prevalent and are considered unlawful under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Remote workers should stay vigilant and be aware of potential verbal or visual harassment in order to create a safe and respectful work environment. Examples of verbal harassment include receiving or overhearing inappropriate sexual jokes or comments, unsolicited sexual emails, or discriminatory remarks about one’s appearance. Visual harassment can involve the receipt of unsolicited images or videos or non-consensual screen captures during video calls.
It is important to recognize that remote sexual harassment can take other forms as well, such as cyberstalking. This can involve the tracking of online activities, identity theft, or electronic threats. These actions can be particularly traumatizing given the virtual nature of remote work, further emphasizing the need for heightened awareness and precautionary measures. By addressing and raising awareness about these issues, it’s possible to foster a more inclusive and respectful remote work environment where everyone feels safe and valued.
When faced with sexual harassment in the workplace, employees should know what steps to take to protect their rights. At Minnis & Smallets LLP, we believe that no employee should have to endure such experiences. Our team of experienced attorneys is equipped to navigate complex employment issues and protect employees when their legal rights have been violated. We provide personalized attention and tailor strategies that meet our clients’ individual needs.
The transition to remote work has changed the face of sexual harassment but has not eliminated its occurrence. Employees who believe they have experienced any form of sexual harassment in their remote workplace should seek legal help. At Minnis & Smallets LLP, we are here to offer advice and assistance. Contact us today for a consultation. Together, we can ensure employees’ rights are upheld and workplace dignity restored.
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