Sexual harassment can cause a real problem at work. Sexual harassment comes not only in the form of quid pro quo If you sleep with me, you'll get the promotion , but in the form of inappropriate jokes, pornography on office computers, and touching someone who doesn't want to be touched, in a sexual or suggestive way. When an employee reports a claim of sexual harassment , the company is obligated to investigate. Normally that responsibility falls on the shoulders of the Human Resources department, but the investigation can be handled by an outside person, frequently an attorney, if the company doesn't have a dedicated HR department or person. Some companies will choose to bring in a consultant or an attorney, in any case, to investigate such a claim because of concerns about impartiality. This is also fairly standard if the accused is a senior manager because of the difficulty internal managers will have in doing a solid investigation.
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In addition to the monetary benefits for the aggrieved individuals, the agreement requires Burt Chevrolet to provide mandatory training on sexual harassment to its executive and sales staff and report sexual harassment complaints to the EEOC for three years. The Consent Decree, signed by U. District Judge Clarence A. Brimmer of the District of Colorado, represents the largest settlement ever by EEOC's Denver District Office for a same-sex harassment case, and one of the biggest settlements ever by the agency on this issue. The settlement, the agency's largest ever for same-sex harassment and its first class settlement on the issue, followed a precedent-setting decision by the U. Supreme Court in March in Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services.
Workplace harassment: Same-sex sexual harassment cases are on the rise
Workplace harassment is at the core of a Louisiana federal trial, the first of its kind in the state. July 21, It happens more often than one might think: A worker sues a fellow worker of the same sex for sexual harassment. That's why a federal trial in Louisiana , which began Tuesday, is making history.
Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services , U. The case arose out of a suit for sex discrimination by a male oil-rig worker, who claimed that he was repeatedly subjected to sexual harassment by his male co-workers with the acquiescence of his employer. He was employed as a roustabout on an eight-man crew.