With sexual assault and sexual harassment cases dominating the headlines, it's important to lay out the difference between sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace. Though the two can be found in the same instance as sexual harassment can lead to assault, there are major differences in how they are handled.
We have received a lot of calls regarding claims of sexual harassment in the workplace over the last six months. The publicity generated by the media reports has sparked a public debate. Some potential clients have complained that the statute of limitations to file sexual harassment/hostile work environment complaints is too short. I agree.
Sexual Harassment has been all over the news for the last few months. It takes a lot of courage to stand up and speak out about unwanted and uninvited sexual situations that can and do affect a person's career. Here are just a few of my thoughts for everyday working people - those of us who are not involved with celebrities or public figures.
We recently settled a case with the State of Connecticut for a couple where one of the spouses was discriminated against and fired due to their sexual orientation. Our client was sexually harassed by a female supervisor, and after filing a complaint with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), was retailed against and fired on a trumped up charge of insubordination. Our client also identifies as transgender.