How to Know if You are Being Harassed at Work

August 03, 2021
By Peter Friedmann
When it comes knowing whether you are being harassed at work, we can look at how the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines harassment as a first step. According to the EEOC, 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, according to the EEOC, “where 1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or 2) the conduct...

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.”...

How to Handle Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

May 22, 2017
By Peter Friedmann
Victims of sexual harassment should keep at least eight things in mind when making the decision to hold the harasser accountable:   Sexual harassment takes many forms, ranging from repeated unwelcome comments on appearance to unwelcome requests for dates and demands for sex in return for a job or promotion. Nonconsensual touching and assault at work are crimes as well as sexual harassment. Men and women can be targeted for sexual harassment. The harasser can be the same sex as...

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....
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