Everyone-the harasser, the victim, and the employer suffer when sexual harassment exists in the workplace. And if you are the victim of sexual harassment, you do not have to put up with this.Think about your behavior around other employees for a moment. Report it to your supervisor immediately.* Some behaviors may not seem offensive in your view, but they may be offensive to others.Typically the “mere utterance of an ethnic or racial epithet which engenders offensive feelings in an employee would not affect the conditions of employment to a sufficiently significant degree to violate Title VII.” , EEOC Request No.05960416 (May 22, 1997) (a supervisor’s disparaging and racist comments to complainant, in conjunction with prior comments by the supervisor demeaning to other protected classes, was sufficient to justify an AJ’s finding of discrimination).However, as you can see above not only must the environment be intimidating, hostile, and/or offensive, the hostility you are enduring .This means that if your boss is a jerk to everyone including you, you won’t have a hostile work environment claim–the harassment must be based on your membership in legally recognized protected class. To discriminate against a person is to deny them rights, benefits, wages, or opportunities because that person belongs to a certain group. Extorting sexual favors from a subordinate We usually think of an injury as a traumatic event resulting in broken bones, or blood gushing from open wounds. Since enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the development of guidelines by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 1980, sexual harassment is considered to be a form of sex discrimination-a Federal offense.
So, if your hostile work environment claim rests on the fact that your boss doesn’t say please and thank you whenever they talk to you–your claims will likely fail.Include not just the name of the offender but also any witnesses to the event.If you’re unable to recall dates and times, note the week or month instead.To illustrate, your boss not liking you because you are fans of rival sports teams, is not actionable discrimination.This is because what team you are a fan of is not a protected class.