In the state of Iowa as well as the rest of the United States, all people are protected from discrimination in the workplace. They are protected from discrimination on the basis of disability, gender, marital status, age, race, nationality, color, religion and sexual orientation.
Despite many strides toward greater equality in the workplace, people still experience degrading harassment by bosses, managers and co-workers. Sexual harassment isn't limited to a few industries. It can happen at any kind of business, from a large corporate office to a retail establishment.
Facing workplace sexual harassment can be a terrifying and demoralizing experience. You may feel scared to report it to your employer, out of concern for retaliation such as getting fired for the complaint. You may also worry about your ability to secure a new job without a positive reference from your current employer or manager, who may be directly involved in the harassment.
Many people who experience workplace harassment, abuse or discrimination, are reticent to come forward about their experiences. One of the most common reasons for people to choose to ignore workplace harassment is fear of getting punished for making the complaint. This practice, called employer retaliation, is patently illegal, but that doesn't stop businesses from engaging in it.
Many sexual harassment claims work around a he-said-she-said situation. This is what often makes them very hard to prove. However, with a few basic evidence-gathering techniques, you can have the proof you need to confidently make your claim as a sexual harassment victim.
It would be wonderful to believe that sexual harassment in the workplace would by now be a thing of the past. While the ideas that justify sexual harassment remain stuck in another era, this behavior is still unfortunately very present in many offices and work environments around the country.
If you lost your job in a way that wasn't fair, you probably have a sense that something didn't happen the right way. You may know exactly what was wrong about your termination, but you might not know how to describe the situation from a legal perspective.
You have worked hard to start your career. You studied hard and got an education. You’ve done internships and worked entry-level positions. You know your field. You researched competition and applied for the perfect job. As you grow in your new role, you will want to know what the duties of your employer are. You will also want to know what is expected of you as an employee. If your employer has a handbook, study it. Know how what the goals and policies of the company are. Know what your benefits are and how they work.