Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Laws are intended to protect employees from unwanted sexual advances in the work environment, however, sexual harassment is widespread in the American workplace. Thousands of people, both women and men, are affected every day at the workplace. A person should be able to feel comfortable and safe at work. Many times, an employee does not have the means to give up their job due to financial reasons. Other times, employees are forced to quit their jobs because the harassment becomes overbearing to the point that he or she just wants to give up.

Victims of sexual harassment should not feel shame or guilt for another person’s unwanted advances. Employees have the right to work in an environment that is free of unwelcomed sexual misconduct. No one deserves to be harassed, discriminated against, humiliated, intimidated, or mistreated at work. According to the Equal Rights Advocates, victims of sexual harassment lose $4.4 million dollars in wages and 973,000 hours in unpaid leave each year in the United States.

Krause and Kinsman Law Firm are the Sexual Harassment Lawyers Kansas City and are here to protect your privacy and your rights. If you suffered abuse from coworkers, clients, or supervisors, you have the right to compensation and a safe working environment. You also deserve the right to not fear retaliation or publicity. Our attorneys will guide you through the process of holding those accountable who have created a hostile or uncomfortable work environment. If you are suffering emotionally, psychologically, physically, and/or financially from sexual harassment in the workplace call us today for a free consultation. You may have the right to unearned wages and compensation for the emotional toll the sexual harassment took on you and your life.

What types of sexual harassment are there?

From subtle remarks to grotesque sexual advances, sexual harassment can take on many different forms. An employee may be a victim of sexual harassment whether or not he or she is directly harassed or is exposed to conduct in the workplace that she or he finds offensive. Sometimes the workplace becomes so hostile that the victim of sexual harassment wants to quit. In other situations, the employer, supervisor, or someone who makes or highly influences employment decisions asks the victim to comply with sexual advances or he or she will be fired. Specific types of harassment include but are not limited to:

  • Asking for sexual favors
  • Brushing against someone in a sexual manner
  • Comments about body parts
  • Grabbing
  • Inappropriate jokes
  • Inappropriate, provocative pictures being displayed
  • Indecent gestures
  • Looks
  • Offensive Language
  • Personal questions of sexual nature
  • Physical intrusion into personal space
  • Talking about physical appearance or attributes
  • Talking about sexual activities
  • Trading job promotions or favors in return for sexual activity
  • Unwanted touching
  • Using inappropriate terms of endearment
  • And other gestures or comments.

What are some emotional and physical reactions to sexual harassment?

Every person who is a victim of sexual harassment experiences different effects from the abuse. Effects of sexual harassment can be both private and public. The way a person responds to the assault is determined by a multitude of factors. Oftentimes, victims of sexual harassment do not want to talk about the emotional toll the harassment took on his or her mind and spirit. Some of the emotional and physical effects of sexual harassment include:

  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Alienation/Isolation
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Denial
  • Depression
  • Embarrassment
  • Emotional numbness
  • Fear
  • Flashbacks
  • Guilt
  • Hostility
  • Increased absenteeism
  • Loss of confidence
  • Loss of energy and fatigue
  • Loss of self-control
  • Lower productivity
  • Low self-esteem
  • More self-conscious
  • Poor concentration at work
  • >Prolonged sadness
  • Random stomach aches
  • Relationship and Intimacy issues
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Sexual confusion
  • Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  • Shame or Blame
  • Staff turnover
  • Stress on personal relationships
  • Trauma
  • And other symptoms associated to a specific individual’s harassment.

If you have been sexually harassed do not hesitate to call us. Anything you tell us is protected by the attorney-client privilege. Call us for a free case evaluation with one of our Sexual Harassment Lawyers Kansas City.