There is no place for sexual harassment in the workplace. In fact, in North Carolina, it is illegal to harass an applicant or employee because of their sex. Harassment may include sexual harassment, unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual acts or favors, or other verbal or physical harassment sexual in nature.
Harassment, of course, doesn’t have to be sexual to be unlawful. You can harass someone in a multitude of ways not related to sex. A man, for example, who consistently makes rude or offensive comments towards another man in the workplace likely constitutes harassment.
While teasing, joking, or isolated comments probably don’t constitute harassment or sexual harassment, incidents that are severe or that frequently occur may be actionable. In North Carolina, harassment is unlawful when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment, or when it results in an adverse employment decision. An adverse employment decision may occur when someone is fired or demoted based on the harassment. The harasser may either be a supervisor, co-worker, or even a customer or client of the employer.
If you feel like you have been a victim of harassment or sexual harassment in the workplace, please contact Adkins Law to speak with an attorney regarding your situation. Adkins Law is located in Huntersville and primarily serves Mecklenburg County and the Lake Norman area.