What Laws Exist to Stop Workplace Harassment in Ohio?

September 10, 2019
By Peter Friedmann
Three federal laws prohibit most instances of workplace harassment in Ohio. After briefly describing each, we will explain what constitutes illegal harassment and what victims of harassment can do. We focus on the federal statutes because Ohio’s workplace harassment laws match them almost exactly. Summarizing Antiharassment Laws Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to insult, bully, mistreat, or discriminate against workers and job applicants based on their sex, race or skin color, ethnicity, national...

What Constitutes Harassment in the Workplace?

October 31, 2017
By Peter Friedmann
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) explains on its website that “harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.” The agency also states that “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.”...

WHAT IS A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT?

August 16, 2016
By Peter Friedmann
First of all, sexual harassment is defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as: "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature...when...submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment decisions...or such conduct has the purpose or effect of...creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment." Sexual harassment consists of two types of prohibited conduct: 1) quid pro quo—where submission to harassment is used as...

SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION IN OHIO

August 04, 2016
By Peter Friedmann
In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision regarding gay marriage, there is no doubt the legal landscape for the LGBT community is changing.  A question being asked more and more is whether or not sexual orientation is a protected class under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, thereby prohibiting employers from discriminating against an employee because of his or her sexual orientation.  Our Ohio Employment Lawyers receive calls and questions on this issue all the time....

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M SEXUALLY HARASSED?

August 04, 2016
By Peter Friedmann
As an Ohio Sexual Harassment Lawyer, I can advise you that it is of the utmost importance that the employee being harassed report the harassment according to the employer's policy.  If your employer has a policy that dictates what an employee should do if he or she is being harassed, you MUST follow that reporting procedure in order to have a claim against your employer. The Sixth Circuit addresses this problem frequently and has consistently held that if an employee...
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