Gay or Straight, Harassment is Illegal
Pennsylvania Sexual Harassment Lawyers
All workers are entitled to a work environment free from unwanted sexual advances or demeaning behavior. But same-sex sexual harassment is sometimes not taken seriously by employers.
At the law firm of McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C., we can help you assert your rights and document a claim for sexual harassment. We have represented men harassed by men or women harassed by other women. It doesn't matter if the perpetrator is a supervisor, a co-worker or even a client - if your employer won't protect you, you have grounds to sue for damages.
Explore Your Options Call 717-260-3646 or 866-716-2315 or e-mail us to speak with our experienced employment law attorneys. We represent male and female victims of same-sex sexual harassment in the Harrisburg area and surrounding counties of south central Pennsylvania.
Same-Sex Sexual Harassment
Under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, employers are liable for sexual harassment in the workplace, period. The victim's gender or sexual orientation is immaterial:
- If you are gay or lesbian, the law covers sexual harassment by an employee or manager of the same orientation.
- If you are straight, it's still sexual harassment when a lesbian co-worker touches you sexually or a gay supervisor makes advances.
- Likewise, a gay or lesbian employee can be sexually harassed by a heterosexual of the same gender.
We represented a man who rebuffed repeated sexual advances from an important male client. When the touching and come-ons escalated, the employee reported it to management. Reluctant to offend its number one client, the company said nothing to the offender and put the onus on the employee to leave the building during the client's frequent visits. After he quit, he was able to obtain a settlement for his employer's inadequate "solution" to the humiliating same-sex harassment.
Sexual harassment can include groping and touching, a supervisor's quid pro quo requests for sexual favors, sexually explicit language or images, and derogatory names or humiliation tactics that create a hostile workplace. It also includes retaliation or wrongful termination for reporting harassment.
Contact our Harrisburg office to discuss your possible claim. We coach clients on how to document ongoing harassment and report incidents to their employer. We offer a free case evaluation, and in many cases handle sexual harassment lawsuits on a contingency basis - no attorney fees unless we recover compensation.
Larry Weisberg is the contributing author to this content.