male coworker looking inappropriately at female coworker

It is fairly well-known that it is illegal for bosses to sexually harass the employees under them. What some workers may not be aware of though is that sexual harassment leveled against them at work does not have to come from their boss or supervisor to be illegal.

Sadly, there are many different individuals an employee could potentially face sexual harassment from while on the job. Thankfully, under Texas and federal laws, a variety of different types of workplace sexual harassment are deemed illegal, including harassment from:

  • Supervisors/bosses (whether or not the supervisor/boss is in the same department as the harassed worker).
  • Co-workers.
  • Employer agents.
  • Non-workers, like customers or clients.

Employers should be taking proper steps to protect employees from workplace sexual harassment from any of these sources. When employers don’t do this and instead negligently allow an employee to be sexually harassed, the harassed employee may be able to take legal action against the employer under state or federal law.

When a person has faced sexual harassment from any source while on the job, they should consider talking about the harassment with an employment lawyer to get an idea of their specific legal options and guidance on how to pursue these options. For while there are many protections against sexual harassment for workers in state and federal law, workplace sexual harassment cases can be incredibly complicated. Thus, without the right information and guidance, it could be easy for a worker to make critical mistakes when pursing a workplace sexual harassment claim.

Sources: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “Sexual Harassment,” Accessed Jan. 4, 2016

Texas Workforce Commission, “Sex Discrimination,” Accessed Jan. 4, 2016

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