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Northeast Ohio Employment Attorney

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Kent, Ohio 44240
Phone: (330) 678-6595
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Nancy Grim Weekly

Topic of the Week  Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees. Sexual harassment can be unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment. These acts can also rise to the level of sexual harassment when they unreasonably interfere with an individual’s work performance or create a hostile or offensive work environment.

Q: What kind of behavior could be considered sexual harassment?

A: What constitutes sexual harassment can vary depending on the situation and people involved. Sexual harassment might include unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors.  Direct or indirect threats or bribes for sexual activity may be sexual harassment. Sexual innuendos and comments, or sexually suggestive jokes may be sexual harassment in some contexts. Unwelcome touching or brushing against a person, or displays of explicit material may be sexual harassment. Finally, attempted or completed sexual assault would be sexual harassment.


Q: I was harassed by my boss. Is the company legally responsible?

A: An employer is always legally responsible for harassment by a supervisor that culminates in a tangible employment action. The company cannot avoid legal liability on the basis that you did not complain about the harassment or because it took other steps designed to discourage workplace harassment. The Supreme Court recognized that this result is appropriate because an employer acts through its supervisors, and a supervisor's undertaking of a tangible employment action is equivalent to an act of the employer.

Thought of the Week

"Fewer harassment complaints don’t necessarily indicate less harassment is taking place. Employees who may have come forward before 2020 may not be able to afford to now. They might be afraid of losing their job or other retaliation when they’ve lost a loved one and their income, a member of their household is out of work, or they have COVID-related medical bills."

–Victoria E. Langley | The Employment Law Issue

Weekly Comic by Jerry King

Weekly Comic by Jerry King

Blog of the Week

Striking Alabama Coal Miners Want Their $1.1 Billion Back

History repeated itself as hundreds of miners spilled out of buses in June and July to leaflet the Manhattan offices of asset manager BlackRock, the largest shareholder in the mining company Warrior Met Coal.

Top Five News Headlines

  1. Walmart, EEOC Renew Fight Over Coach as Disability Accommodation
  2. ‘Blacklisting’ Rules for Government Contractors Proposed, Again
  3. New Florida Laws on Minimum Wage and Independent Contractors in Effect This Fall
  4. When Is Covid a Disability? Courts Tackle Issue in Bias Cases
  5. Eleventh Circuit Refuses to Defer to DOL Opinion Letter Eliminating ‘20%’ Rule

List of the Week

from Pew Research

Facts on Minimum Wage in the U.S.

1. 29 states have set their own higher minimum wage
2. 52% of U.S. voters agree that the minimum wage should rise
3. Nearly 30% of U.S. workers earn near minimum wage

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