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Recent Posts in Sexual Harassment Category

  • The Two Types of Sexual Harassment Claims

    Sexual harassment is an unfortunate problem that still exists in workplaces everywhere. When you get to the point where you feel the need to file a sexual harassment claim, it’s important to know what the law says about this issue, as it will help you make a better-informed decision on how to proceed. An Oklahoma City employment attorney can also help you to take the necessary steps and see to it ...
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  • Is mediation a good choice for Oklahoma sex discrimination?

    About a month ago, we discussed what might constitute a 'hostile working environment' for Oklahoma employees who may be experiencing sexual harassment or discrimination based upon their gender or appearance. We have also previously touched on some of the basic ways to go about filing employment discrimination claims, including contacting the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the ...
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  • How is a hostile work environment defined in Oklahoma?

    We have previously discussed a couple different types of sexual harassment or discrimination that can occur in the context of one's employment. The first is that of quid pro quo harassment. This type of illegal activity occurs when there is a specific this for that trade demanded from an employee, such as sexual favors for promotion or in order to avoid the loss of a job. While this type of ...
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  • How common is sexual harassment and discrimination in Oklahoma?

    In previous posts we have examined the basics of sexual harassment claims against employers. We have talked about the fact that to be a violation, there does not necessarily have to be a request for a quid pro quo exchange of sexual acts for career advancement or hiring; simply creating an intimidating or hostile working environment is often enough. Further, as Oklahoma lists sexual harassment as ...
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  • How expansive is sexual harassment law in Oklahoma?

    Previously, this blog discussed the basics of what sexual harassment claims entail, as well as some of the requirements to file a claim with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Deciding to file such a claim can be a difficult and disconcerting position to be in for employees who simply want to be able to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. With that said, there are a few ...
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  • How do I file an EEOC charge of sexual harassment?

    About a month ago, this blog discussed the time limits involved in filing a claim for sexual harassment with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This is often the first step to take when an employee believes that he or she has suffered illegal sex discrimination, or has been sexually harassed at work. But, apart from when a claim has to be filed, how does one go about the ...
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  • Sexual harassment by employers is illegal in Oklahoma

    The late 20th and early 21st centuries have seen many changes in American society. While technology has increased at a seemingly exponential rate, changes in social norms and beliefs have also occurred. Although these social reforms have come more slowly, it is clear that progress has been made on many fronts in the fight for equality for all people. Unfortunately, problems still exist and, when ...
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  • Is there a defense to sex discrimination in hiring practices?

    As we have discussed previously, federal civil rights law forbids most employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, either in the workplace or in hiring or promotion decisions. As with most legal subjects, however, there are some limited defenses that can be raised by those accused of engaging in discrimination. The usual defense to a claim of sex discrimination is that the ...
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  • How does Oklahoma evaluate sexual harassment claims?

    In the past, we have touched on the legal definition of sexual harassment as given by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Oklahoma's Human Rights Commission. To recap, sexual harassment occurs when requests for sexual favors, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature or unwelcome sexual advances are a condition of employment or affect the status of an employee within the ...
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  • New documentary examines Oklahoman Anita Hill

    Over 20 years ago, a woman from Oklahoma entered the national spotlight during the confirmation hearings of now Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. During this time period, Anita Hill's name was a household word, though many people may not remember it these days. A new documentary called "Anita" is attempting to change that. Anita Hill was a law professor who was working under Mr. Thomas at the ...
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  • Oklahoma City doctor accused of sexual harassment

    A doctor who runs an Oklahoma City abortion clinic, as well as owns several area motels, has been accused of sexual harassment. These are not the first accusations leveled against the doctor, who has been in court before facing both civil suits and criminal charges. However, it does not appear that he has been convicted of a crime. The latest allegations come from a former employee, who claims ...
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  • When is an Oklahoma employer responsible for sexual harassment?

    Oklahoma residents may be generally aware that there exist laws and regulations that prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace. What may be less familiar to them, is what constitutes sexual harassment, and when one's employer is legally responsible for such activities. It is important that employees know their rights and when their employer is accountable. Sexual harassment in Oklahoma is ...
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  • How is a hostile work environment defined in Oklahoma?

    We have previously discussed a couple different types of sexual harassment or discrimination that can occur in the context of one's employment. The first is that of quid pro quo harassment. This type of illegal activity occurs when there is a specific this for that trade demanded from an employee, such as sexual favors for promotion or in order to avoid the loss of a job. While this type of ...
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  • OK pregnancy discrimination is the same as gender discrimination

    Many Oklahoma residents are likely aware that employers are forbidden by law to discriminate on the basis of gender in both the hiring process and after an employee is working for that employer. What might not be as widely known, however, is that part and parcel of the prohibition against gender discrimination is that employers also cannot discriminate based upon the condition of pregnancy. The ...
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  • What constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace?

    The issue of sexual harassment continues to be a serious one, both in Oklahoma and around the country. While sometimes seen as harmless teasing by certain people, sexual harassment is a real problem, and there can be serious consequences for employers that do not take allegations of it seriously. If you hate or fear going to your job because of comments or other words or actions on the part of ...
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  • Oklahoma dam organization settles sexual harassment suits

    Employers have certain responsibilities to their employees under the law. One of the most important is to make certain that the work environment is free from hostility to any employee based upon his or her race, religion, ethnicity or gender. Part and parcel of this duty is to ensure that there are no unwanted sexual advances made between employees or between managers and their workers. Thus, it ...
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  • Woman claims female supervisor sexually harassed her

    When it comes to allegations of sexual harassment, the first thing to likely come to mind for many is the stereotype of an older man making advances toward a younger woman in the workplace. While sexual harassment does sometimes involve individuals from those demographics, that is not always the case. Sometimes it is a woman who is the aggressor. This is allegedly the case for a female executive ...
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  • Former executive at technology company alleges sexual harassment

    Many of the people reading this post likely have to work to get by. Accordingly, most seek an environment that is relatively enjoyable. It is fair to say that few would seek a workplace where they are treated poorly and free from workplace harassment. Employers actually must to provide a harassment free workplace to employees. While in many cases people find a good environment to work in, ...
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