How Can You Stop Virtual Sexual Harassment at Work?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines sexual harassment as unwelcome verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature that affects an individual’s employment or creates a hostile work environment. Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal. It is considered a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII protects employees and job applicants from employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. Because employees spend so much time interacting online, opportunities[…] Read More

Is Submitting an Internal Complaint Important for Your Sexual Harassment Case?

Being the target of sexual harassment at the workplace could change the way that employee performs. Moreover, it could affect their overall mood, causing a feeling of fear inside and outside of work. Nevertheless, reporting sexual harassment to an employer is never easy. Embarrassment and fear of retaliation are all reasons that some people never stand up to sexual harassment at work. However, not doing anything about it never solves the problem. In fact, the problem usually worsens. If you[…] Read More

What Are My Rights as a Seasonal Employee?

South Jersey experiences a biannual influx of jobs. One occurs around December, and the other between May and September, also known as the summer season. These positions are designed to be short-term and are known as seasonal employment. Hospitality, retail, food, and other industries seek out new personnel to help them through these busy periods. Every worker, whether short-term or long-term, have rights protected by law. Their rights depend on many factors, including the job type and the state where[…] Read More

Are Workers in the Service Industry More Vulnerable to Sexual Harassment?

In many cases, sexual harassment involves a power imbalance. This is especially evident in the service industry. The nature of the service industry puts workers in a deferential position that strips them of power. The power imbalance between a waitress and customer, for example, can make the waitress feel the need to endure mistreatment to keep the customer happy, especially if her income is dependent on tips. Service workers in retail and hospitality often find the same dynamics at play.[…] Read More

How Do I Report Sexual Harassment if I Cannot Go to My Boss?

Sexual harassment is all too common in work environments. Customers make rude comments. Co-workers get a little too comfortable discussing certain topics. People in positions of power can make inappropriate requests that feel tied to work consequences or opportunities for career advancement. These situations are all examples of workplace sexual harassment, but the instances that feel the most threatening often involve the harasser taking advantage of their position or influence to pressure their victim into accepting the harassment. This is[…] Read More