Claims of sexual harassment may coincide with an adverse event, such as being denied a promotion or even wrongful termination. However, this is not a precondition.
A worker who is facing unwelcome sexual comments, jokes, pictures, touching or advances may also have a valid claim for sexual harassment. This type of behavior is termed a hostile workplace, and both state and federal laws offer protections.
Our Honolulu employment law firm has been fighting against hostile workplaces for nearly 40 years. We have seen many instances where sexual harassment involves an employer's abuse of power. That abuse, in turn, may intimidate a worker from coming forward. For that reason, we offer a confidential consultation to clients who have been victimized by sexually harassing workplace behaviors.