The National Whistleblower Council has just signed a letter in support of H.R. 4924 which seeks to provide greater workplace protections to congressional staff who complain of workplace harassment. The Council is also urging the development of federal anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies to provide great protections for federal employee whistleblowers and to encourage employees to report sexual discrimination, harassment and assault. The legislation has gained bi-partisan support as widespread reports of sexual discrimination and the #MeToo movement have shed light on the prevalence of inappropriate sexual conduct at work.
Private individuals who face sexual harassment and discrimination at work are protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964 (Title VII). Thus, if your supervisor requests sexual favors in order to advance, or acts in a way that makes you so uncomfortable 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) you may be able to file a claim for sexual discrimination. Further if you suffer retaliation as a result of complaining, that may form the basis of a cause of action as well.
For more information or if you believe you have faced any form of sexual harassment or discrimination at work, please contact the dedicated Atlanta sexual discrimination lawyers at Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP for an immediate case evaluation.
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