Sexual harassment is a form of sexual discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This describes that harassment goes into two categories, that which is quid pro quo (or the equal exchange or substitution) and the other being a hostile work environment.
Quid pro quo sexual harassment is where an individual person (usually the boss or another position that holds authority over another employee) employs sexual favors or any activity of a sexual nature to the victim who is usually of a lower position. Usually the favor consists of the employee losing more than what he or she is bargaining for.
In a hostile work environment, the conditions are far worse. The employee is subjected to violence and discrimination based on his or her sex, and the work conditions are enough to cause severe physical or mental damage to the worker. Physical violence, mental trauma, social withdrawal and the likes exist in this situation of sexual harassment. Also, a person's worth is also undermined due to their gender. Off color jokes, usually of a sexual nature are spread, or digital photoshopping of person's head onto some lewd pictures that are posted in an open environment are some of the examples.
The law only works if the victim himself or herself takes initiative and brings the case to light. There have been a lot of cases in the past when victims did not take the case to court and had delayed it for far too long, making the case null. Victims should report sexual harassment as soon as possible to the authorities. Especially if the management is unaware of this, or if the management itself is the source of harassment.
In a quid pro quo case, a victim should never accept any form of compensation or payment for a sexual favor. If you agree to the conditions, it could undermine your character and the worth of the case as well. As much as possible, resist all possible benefits you might get and report your case at once to your attorney or lawyer.
To find out exactly how employee harassment happens
, visit this website about harassment and bullying in the work place