Sexual harassment is a case that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This describes the fact that harassment can go into two high different categories that are like different sides of the same coin; quid pro quo (which is like non-consensual/beneficial) and the other type of harassment which is in a hostile work environment.
Quid pro quo sexual harassment is when a person of a higher rank or position employs his or her authority against a lower ranked employee and garners sexual favors or activities of a sexual nature for the victim to gain some form of benefit within his or her power.
In a hostile work environment, the conditions are far worse. The employee is subjected to violence and discrimination based on his or her sex, and the work conditions are enough to cause severe physical or mental damage to the worker. Physical violence, mental trauma, social withdrawal and the likes exist in this situation of sexual harassment. Also, a person's worth is also undermined due to their gender.
The law will only work if the victim himself or herself will take action in bringing the case to light. There have been cases in the past where victims weren't allowed to have trial anymore because they had delayed the case for too long. Victims should report sexual harassment as soon as possible to the authorities. Especially if the management is unable to take action, or if the management itself is the source of the harassment.
In a quid pro quo case, a victim should never accept any form of compensation or payment for a sexual favor. If you agree to the conditions, it could undermine your character and the worth of the case as well. As much as possible, resist all possible benefits you might get and report your case at once to your attorney or lawyer. If you have been a victim of sexual harassment in the work place contact Broslavsky & Weinman, LLP, a workers compensation law firm in Los Angeles.