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Sexual harassment is grounds for civil litigation

Sexual harassment can be challenging for a person in Texas to handle, particularly in the workplace. Unwanted advances might come from a colleague, supervisor or subordinate. In any of these situations, the person experiencing workplace sexual harassment may understandably feel unsafe and violated and has the right to take legal action.

Sexual harassment can come in different forms. For instance, it may come as undesired sexual advances. It may also appear as requests for favors of a sexual nature. If rejecting such advances and requests impacts the victim's employment status, creates a work environment that is hostile, or interferes with his or her work, then the person is being sexually harassed.

In some cases, a person may suffer retaliation, including being treated differently or even fired, for reporting the sexual abuse he or she has experienced on the job. Another problem associated with sexual harassment is called constructive discharge, in which a person facing harassment in the workplace has no option but to quit. Based on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, people can rightfully press charges if they do not feel comfortable with sexual advances they are enduring in the workplace.

Sexual harassment can quickly make a person's work life utterly unbearable, destroying his or her quality of life. An attorney, however, can provide advice on how best to proceed with a workplace sexual harassment claim in an effort to hold accountable the perpetrator of the illegal harassment. Even if victims feel that they might have contributed to the harassment, certain laws are in place to protect them in Texas.

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