Employees have the right to work free from sexual harassment and assault. The harasser may be the victim’s manager, co-worker, or even a non-employee. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct.
Examples of Sexual Harassment
- Unwelcome, demeaning or humiliating conduct due to one’s sex, gender identity or orientation
- Offensive remarks about one’s sex, gender identity or orientation
- Unwelcome touching or assault
- Sexually explicit jokes or name-calling
- Requesting sexual favors
- Penalizing an employee for refusing a sexual advance
- Displaying or sharing obscene material
- Making inappropriate gestures
- Staring inappropriately
- Making unwelcome sexual advances
- Personal questions of a sexual nature
Many employers are further prohibited from penalizing employees for complaining about or opposing sexual harassment or assault against themselves or others. Any action that could discourage an employee from complaining about unlawful conduct may constitute retaliation. For more information, see Retaliation page.
Protect your Rights
The law sets firm deadlines for reporting sexual assault, harassment, and retaliation. For more information, see article on Sexual Harassment and Assault.
If you’ve been subjected to sexual harassment or assault, contact Rich Daugherty. Whether your employment has been wrongfully terminated, you’re in fear of losing your job unlawfully, or you’re stuck in an untenable situation, contact Rich. He will stand by your side every step of the way to resolve your case fairly.
Rich offers a one-on-one relationship with his clients. When you contact his office, you will speak directly with him. You can arrange for a brief phone conference at no charge. Rich represents clients from across North Carolina. Evening appointments are also available.