For individuals who have suffered sexual harassment in the workplace, the effects can be devastating. Aside from having to endure psychological and emotional consequences, sexual harassment victims may suffer addition adversities. In fact, employees who experience harassment in the workplace may also become subset to adverse employment actions such as the following:
- Pay reductions
- Wrongful termination
Understanding the Tennessee Human Rights Act
According to the Tennessee Human Rights Act, employment practices that discriminate on the basis of sex are considered unlawful. This type of discrimination also includes sexual harassment. This act covers private employers and public employers with eight or more employees.
The Tennessee Human Rights Act is interpreted similarly to a federal law under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Tennessee Human Rights Commission adopted the federal regulation which defines sexual harassment. Under this adopted regulation, sexual harassment is any request for sexual favors, unwelcome sexual advances, and other physical or verbal conduct of this nature when:
- Rejection of or submission to the sexual conduct is used as the basis for work-related decisions
- The sexual conduct has the effect or the purpose of unreasonably interfering with a person’s work performance or creating a hostile, offensive, or intimidating environment
- Submission to the sexual conduct is made a condition or term of employment
Have You Been the Victim of Sexual Harassment? Call Us Today.
Although the law safeguards sexual harassment victims and supplies pathways for pursuing justice and monetary compensation, the legal procedures involved can be highly complex. As such, working with an experienced sexual harassment attorney who can guide you through a seamless legal process is of the highest importance. At Donati Law, PLLC, our legal team is prepared to handle your case right away and determine whether you are eligible to file a sexual harassment lawsuit.
Do not wait to get the help you need. Call our Memphis employment law attorneys today!