There are two types of sexual harassment; quid pro quo and hostile workplace.
Quid pro quo harassment entails complying with a harasser to affect your employment situation. In this case, the harasser enjoys a position of influence. In this situation, on incident can form a case for sexual harassment. Receiving a benefit or a loss from the incident proves the abuse.
The second; hostile workplace environment, does not require people to be in power over you and entails unwelcome sexual advances or sexually demeaning comments. In the case of hostile workplace, more than one incident needs to be documented as you need to prove a pattern of abuse.
What you may not know about proving sexual harassment:
- You don’t have to be harassed directly.
- You do not have to incur economic or career injury.
- The harasser’s conduct need only be unwelcome.
You cannot legally be punished for complaining to your employer about harassment.
DISCLAIMER: The information herein is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. For any legal matters, we urge you to take the advice of an attorney familiar with your case.