Workers in West Virginia and across the country have several reasonable expectations regarding their employment. Among these expectations are a workplace that is free from harassment, allowing them to complete their job responsibilities, and fair treatment in regard to members of the opposite sex. Unfortunately, many workers are victims of sexual harassment and discrimination. Akers Law Offices PLLC is ready to help these victims seek the justice they deserve.
Even though harassment and discrimination at work are illegal, they still occur, often leaving people wondering how they can cope with the behavior toward them and also complete their job-related tasks. Harassment comes in different forms. In quid pro quo harassment, a supervisor propositions a worker with less power. He or she may request sexual favors in exchange for a new job, more pay or a promotion, among other demands. In other cases, another employee may create a hostile work environment through the use of repeated sexual innuendo or other behaviors that prevent a victim from doing his or her job.
Many of our clients bring claims regarding sexual discrimination. Some have colleagues with the same years of experience and job responsibilities who receive a higher salary or additional benefits. In some cases, clients have been passed over for a promotion due to their gender.
The consequences of these behaviors can be serious. Some workers even require counseling to deal with the stresses of a hostile work environment, for example. We are here to help our victims in West Virginia understand their options regarding fighting against sexual harassment and discrimination. An initial consultation could be the first step necessary to preventing others from becoming a victim.