Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Dedicated Lawyer Demands the End of Sexual Harassment in the Florida Workplace

What you can do to protect your rights in Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties

You have the right to be judged by your skills and accomplishments. Unfortunately, sexual harassment may put your coworkers’ and supervisors’ focus on your gender instead of your abilities. Sexual harassment may also interfere with your performance of your job or may create a workplace that is unpleasant, oppressive, stressful or even frightening. You do not have to put up with sexual harassment in your workplace. Pfeffer & Associates can empower you to take a stand against this unlawful conduct.

With almost three decades of experience successfully litigating discrimination law claims, attorney Louis Pfeffer, our firm’s founder, defends your rights to work in a harassment-free environment. Our sexual harassment lawyer knows that coming forward can be very difficult. Our legal team treats you with respect, compassion and confidentiality as we guide you through the legal process.

Victims and harassers may be male or female

Although the majority of sexual harassment cases are brought by women alleging that men have harassed them in the workplace, the laws do not only apply to this scenario. A woman or a man can be a victim of sexual harassment. The harasser can also be male or female and may be the same or the opposite gender of the victim.

Conduct considered sexual harassment

The perpetrators of sexual harassment may be your coworker, your boss, a supervisor of another department or your company’s client or vendor. None of these people has the right to sexually harass you, and your employer may be held responsible for their conduct. Harassing conduct may be:

  • Pervasive conduct that creates a hostile work environment — Your continuous subjection to such inappropriate conduct as dirty jokes, graphic photos, suggestive comments, sexual advances, touching or other gender-based verbal, visual or physical conduct may become so pervasive as to create a hostile work environment.
  • Severe conduct — Even a onetime incident may be severe enough to be considered sexual harassment — such as groping, sexual assault or a vicious rumor spread throughout the company by an email chain.

Report unwanted offensive conduct

An essential element of your harassment claim is that the conduct was unwanted. For this reason, you are responsible for making your objections clear. Joining in with your colleagues’ sexually charged banter or responding to a date request with a flirtatious text message may jeopardize your claim that the conduct was unwelcome. To object to the conduct, our firm suggests you report the matter to your employer by following the procedures outlined in your employee handbook. If you are unsure about what to do, our attorney can help you.

Work in a harassment-free environment in Florida

Learn what you can do to recover damages for sexual harassment in your workplace. Call Pfeffer & Associates at 561-745-8011 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Our law firm handles employment cases on a contingency fee basis.

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