Although sexual harassment is an ongoing problem in Iowa and across the nation, its ancillary effects are often as problematic or worse for workers who are dealing with it. For many, being harassed by a boss, a supervisor, a co-worker, or a customer is bad enough, but it is when other issues that frequently accompany this type of harassment arise that it causes more extensive problems in their lives. Specifically, a hostile working environment and a downward spiral in how they are treated on the job can negatively impact them just as badly as or worse than sexual harassment. With any of these issues, legal assistance can be useful to put a stop to it and seek compensation for what occurred.
People who are simply trying to do their jobs and have told another person to stop bothering them should not need to worry about such punitive measures as worse work hours, lost wages, a demotion, and even a dismissal. Unfortunately, these things do happen simply because a person declined to have a personal relationship away from the job or asked that comments, jokes, and the showing of offensive material stop. Knowing how to end all these behaviors is key, and a lawyer may be able to help.
There are many different aspects of a hostile work environment. Included are the following: a worker being intimidated; having expectations and demands that violate the law; being singled out for reasons that have nothing to do with work; not being granted a deserved chance at advancement; being verbally abused; being subjected to confrontations in both verbal and physical form; being harassed in writing, via email, or on social media; and being bullied. There are many others.
Even the strongest and most independent people can feel powerless when they are dealing with a hostile working environment. When complaining to superiors does not put an end to the behaviors, and there are still problems that do not look like they are going to stop, being protected by a lawyer who is experienced with sexual harassment, hostility in the workplace, and all other work-related issues can be of critical importance. Calling for a consultation can be useful in pursuing a case that may leave a victim feeling justified and compensated for the harm caused to them.