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Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment

Under Federal and Washington Law, it is illegal to harass a person, including current employee or applicant, because of that person’s sex.

Harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. The harassment itself does not have to be of a sexual nature.  It can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, women do not have to put up with men in the work place making offensive comments about women in general and vice versa.

Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.

Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted). The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has additional information regarding sexual harassment you may find beneficial. 

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If you would like to speak with a lawyer about a sexual harassment case, please call us at (509) 381-5091 or click below to fill out a contact form. 



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