Intimidating hostile or
A single instance of harassment is sufficient to sustain a quid pro quo claim (e.g., a superior demands you kiss her/him in order to keep your job), while a pattern of harassment is typically required to qualify as a hostile work environment.
Hostile work environment harassment is grounds for legal action when the conduct is unwelcome, based on sex, and severe or pervasive enough to create an abusive or offensive working environment.
So complain within the company, let them know about the situation, document it, and keep backups in files away somewhere safe away from the workplace.
Documentation does not end at keeping emails and memos to co-workers and supervisors.
State agencies may have different policies, so be sure to investigate those further.
Make sure to file your claim before any federal or state statutes of limitation expire.
Liability may depend on who committed the harassment (superior or co-worker) and what action the company took to correct it.
If you're uncomfortable doing this, tell a supervisor. If you write an email, send it from a company email address.
You'll want to document every action that's taken by you, along with the response.
Sexual harassment can range from persistent offensive sexual jokes to inappropriate touching to posting offensive material on a bulletin board.
Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) defines workplace sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances or conduct of a sexual nature which unreasonably interferes with the performance of a person's job or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.If you have this in hand, you'll have documentation of positive past work performance and evaluations in the event that the company retaliates by demoting or transferring you while claiming you have a poor track record.In these litigious days, the wisest move is to expect the worst (a lawsuit to settle your claim) and prepare accordingly.The harasser may not even be aware that her/his behavior is offensive, and it is always best to "nip" it in the bud before inappropriate comments or jokes, left unchecked, turn into something uglier.