Customer or Vendor Harassment

Sexual Harassment Away From the Workplace

Sexual harassment of employees is not just a problem between workers and their supervisors or colleagues. Under certain circumstances, an employee can be exposed to harassment by third parties such as vendors, customers, clients or contractors.

In the first instance, your employer is not responsible for sexual harassment beyond its control, but it is responsible for protecting its own employees from a pattern of harassment. If you find that your boss is ignoring your reports and complaints of sexual harassment on the part of those you need to deal with as an essential part of your own work, contact the law firm of McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C., in Harrisburg for a free consultation.

Call 866-716-2315 or 717-260-3646 in Central Pennsylvania

Our attorneys have focused and dedicated their work on employment law and sexual harassment claims for years, and we can help you understand the important legal difference between an isolated instance of harassment and a conscious tolerance of a hostile work environment in violation of your state and federal workplace rights.

Establishing a claim for sexual harassment against your own employer for the acts of a third party depends on your lawyer's ability to show each of the following circumstances:

  • You have experienced continuing problems with sexual harassment with particular clients, customers, suppliers or others with whom your job puts you into frequent or regular contact
  • Any reasonable person in your situation would find the pattern of harassment offensive
  • You have reported the problem to your own employer through the channels established for the purpose
  • A hostile work environment remains whether or not your employer has done anything to relieve the problem through reassignment or contact with the offending person's employer

Sexual harassment of employees away from the home office can be particularly troublesome for employees in such fields as sales, home health care, catering or delivery. If you need advice about your legal options in the face of harassment by third parties, contact a lawyer at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C., for a free consultation.

Larry Weisberg is the contributing author to this content.