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An Overview of the OSHA Whistleblower Law

The Law Firm of Jacobson & Rooks, LLC, represents employees in a variety of situations, and we have acted as whistleblower, retaliation, discrimination and work sexual harassment attorneys in Camden County and nearby areas. One situation that employees sometimes face is working in an unsafe environment, and fear of reprisal if they complain about their unsafe workplace. Employees have a right to feel safe at their workplace, and one institution that enforces safety measures for employees is OSHA.

Gender Discrimination is Sex Discrimination

The issue of transgender restrooms in public schools has been in the news recently.  Is gender discrimination protected under Title VII?  The United States Supreme Court was presented with this issue, but remanded the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, instead of tackling this emotionally-charged controversy. This topic has been a deeply divisive issue in many states across the country. For clarity, being "transgender" means that the person's internal gender identity is different from the sex that the person was assigned at birth (e.g., the sex listed on the birth certificate).

Sexual Harassment: Unchanging Times

More than 40 years ago, Redbook Magazine published a questionnaire on sexual harassment at work. More than 9,000 women responded, and Redbook published the results in its January 1976 issue. More than ninety percent (90%) of the women responding reported receiving at least one form of unwanted attention at work, which included, but was not limited to, "ogling, leering, pinching, or overt demands for sexual favors." Seventy percent (75%) of the women characterized the unwanted attention as "demeaning," "embarrassing," or "intimidating." 

Behaviors that constitute sexual harassment

All employees should feel safe in the workplace. Men and women alike should feel like they can do their jobs without worry about harassment, abuse or unfair treatment. Unfortunately, the reality for many is that they deal with sexual harassment on a regular basis from a superior or co-worker, and it's easy to blow it off as nothing if you aren't aware what behaviors constitute sexual harassment.

Office Romances & Sexual Harassment

Many professionals are logging in a lot of hours. Sometimes, work gets in the way of, if not becomes a professionals' social life. The workplace might be a better place than bars or online dating sites to meet someone. Office romances, attempted office romances, or failed office romances can create legal exposure, in the form of sexual harassment claims for the employer in many situations, including when the affection is not reciprocated or when the relationship ends badly. 

Your protection against sexual harassment at work

Sexual harassment is always a difficult topic to discuss, but unfortunately it still happens all too frequently in the workplace. If you have faced harassment or want to help someone you believe is being harassed, there are steps you can take. Title VII is federal regulation that protects anyone from sexual harassment. Here are the basics of what you need to know about harassment, how to stop it and how you are protected.

Hostile work environments and sexual harassment

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, while sexual harassment rates are declining, the issue continues to affect thousands of workers in the nation each year. Increased education on what constitutes sexual harassment may be the key to preventing these occurrences in the future. Our team at The Law Firm of Jacobson & Rooks, LLC often explains to clients that harassment comes in two forms, each of which can be equally damaging to victims.

Men victims of sexual harassment too

Even though people often only think about women victims when sexual harassment comes to mind, the truth is that many men are often victimized by these unwanted acts as well. According to the Washington Times, more men than ever are coming forward and seeking legal protection against their harassers.

What is considered sexual harassment in the workplace?

Do you know what constitutes sexual harassment? Forbes reports that although 41 percent of women employees annually report that they have been sexually harassed, fewer male workers than ever – only 10 percent – admit that they have deliberately or inadvertently done or said anything that could be considered sexually harassing. For this reason, it is more important than ever that you ensure that your employer takes the time to educate you and your coworkers about what sexual harassment is and how to avoid putting others in a hostile work environment.

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