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Fighting Workplace Sexual Harassment in North Carolina

Despite incredible progress in employment laws and gender equality, sexual harassment remains a widespread issue in workplaces across the country. Though sexual harassment still occurs, local, state and federal laws provide victims strong protections, and the right to hold their harassers and employers accountable.

At Edwards Kirby, our attorneys know that sexual harassment can make a work environment impossible, severely affect a worker’s well-being, and cause psychological suffering that harms their quality of life. We also know that victims can be intimidated by reporting sexual harassment and experience retaliation when they do courageously report it. If you have experienced sexual harassment at work, or retaliation for reporting sexual harassment, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm and losses.

Our team can help you explore your rights and fight back to hold employers and other at-fault parties accountable for harassment, misconduct, hostility, and inexcusable failures of oversight.

Why Trust Edwards Kirby Attorneys?

  • Recognized Among The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Over 170 Years of Legal Experience
  • Record-Setting Results & Millions Recovered
  • Personal Service, Prompt Communication

Edwards Kirby is comprised of proven trial attorneys who have secured numerous multi-million and record-setting results – including the largest workplace violence verdict in U.S. history. To discuss a potential sexual harassment lawsuit in Raleigh or North Carolina, contact us to speak with a lawyer.

What Is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment can take many forms, including unwanted touching, sexual advances, comments or verbal abuse, or exchanging sexual favors for advancement in the workplace. Victims may be of any gender, whether victim and harasser are a woman or man, or of the same sex.

When sexual harassment occurs in the workplace, it is a violation of federal and state laws. For example, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act makes harassment illegal when:

  • Harassment is frequent and severe enough to create an offensive or hostile work environment; or
  • When harassment results in a victim being terminated (fired), demoted, or subject to another adverse employment action.

Sexual Harassment Definition

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for favors of a sexual nature, or other physical or verbal sexually-oriented conduct when:

  • A person’s employment requires them to tolerate such conduct (whether the condition is explicitly stated or implied);
  • Employment decisions are based on whether a victim tolerates or rejects the harassing conduct;
  • The sexually harassing conduct unreasonably interferes with the victim’s productivity and work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

The key issue in sexual harassment is the word unwelcome, which means the conduct is not mutually agreeable to both parties. In addition to involving any gender, sexual harassment can be instigated by a victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another division or department, a co-worker, or a third party, such as a customer.

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