Sexual Harassment Attorneys in Indianapolis
Sexual harassment is a form of sex-based discrimination, which includes “unwanted sexual advances, or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.” The victim, as well as the harasser, can be a woman or a man, and the victim does not have to be of the opposite sex of the harasser. Additionally, the victim does not have to be the person harassed, but can be anyone offended by the harassing conduct. The harasser can be a supervisor, coworker, and even a non-employee.
At Cleveland Lehner Cassidy, we don’t take sexual harassment claims lightly. We believe these are serious violations against a person’s rights to avoid a hostile work environment, and we strive to help them hold employers and coworkers accountable for their unlawful behavior.
Understanding Indiana Sexual Harassment Laws
In addition to federal law, Indiana civil rights law prohibits all forms of discrimination in employment, including those based on sex such as sexual harassment. This law applies to private employers with at least six employees as well as all public employees.
Additionally, employees who report an incident of sexual harassment are protected from retaliation. This means employers cannot threaten, reprimand, demote, fire, or otherwise take negative employment actions as a result of the report.
How Do You Know If You’re a Victim?
Not every type of unwanted behavior in the workplace constitutes illegal harassment. While minor, isolated incidents and behavior likely will not constitute sexual harassment. On the other hand, behavior that is so severe or pervasive that it creates a hostile work environment is illegal.
To help determine whether you have been the victim of illegal sexual harassment, ask yourself the following questions:
- Has someone in the workplace made unwanted advances toward you or inappropriately touched you?
- Have you been exposed to sexually offensive behavior, language, or visuals in the workplace?
- Has the behavior been severe or frequent?
- Have you been offered a salary advancement or pay increase in exchange for sexual favors, or have you been demoted or had your pay reduced because you rebuffed sexual advances?
Employers are not always liable for harassment that happens in the workplace. If an employee is being sexually harassed in the workplace, the law requires the employee to report the behavior to the employer. If the victim of harassment fails to do so, they may not be able to pursue a legal claim against the employer.
Sexual harassment in the workplace can come in many forms in the workplace. If any of the above sound familiar, reach out to Cleveland Lehner Cassidy for help holding responsible parties accountable. If you’re unsure if something that happened or is going on at work is sexual harassment, we’ll listen to your story and help you understand how we can help during a complimentary consultation.
Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment
Performing sexual favors or subjecting yourself to other forms of sexual harassment isn’t a lawful requirement for work. Your boss cannot offer you a job or promotion in exchange for a sexual favor, and you cannot be forced to accept unwanted comments as a condition of employment.
Such illegal behavior can be considered quid pro quo sexual harassment. Employers who engage in this conduct or foster a hostile work environment that permits it can be held liable for damages. A victim of “quid pro quo” sexual harassment may not have to report the behavior to have a legal claim against the employer.
Protecting Workers from Sexual Harassment
Navigating a sexual harassment claim can be difficult. Employers have a team of people, including lawyers and human resources employees, to help guide them through legal issues. You need your own team to help navigate this complex process.
If you’re been abused at work in this manner, contact Cleveland Lehner Cassidy for help. Our sexual harassment attorneys in Indianapolis fight for employees who are made to believe they have to choose between enduring sexual harassment or keeping their job.
Speak with a sexual harassment attorney at Cleveland Lehner Cassidy for more information about how our team can help you. Contact us online or call (317) 406-0855 to schedule your first consultation at no charge to you.