Oftentimes, people don't know what their rights are in the workplace. They go to work day in and day out and do their job to the best of their abilities. They figure they don't have the right to say anything when someone treats them wrongly. However, that isn't the case. If you are dealing with any of the following, you need to talk with an employment attorney about filing a case against the perpetrator.
Sexual harassment is illegal.
If someone is talking to you in an inappropriate manner referencing body parts, intercourse or anything that is sexual in nature, this is considered sexual harassment. It is a legal offense that you should bring to the attention of your supervisor or head of staff.
Sexual harassment should not be tolerated. If your employer does not take hold of the situation, get it under control and talk to and reprimand the person that is harassing you, you should contact an employment lawyer regarding the sexual harassment case.
Employers cannot create hostile work environments.
Your employer is supposed to be on your side if you have an issue where a co-worker is harassing you and creating a negative work environment. Your superior should take this matter very seriously and talk to the person that is harassing you. If they do not handle this, they are essentially creating a hostile work environment because they are not addressing the issue at hand and getting it under control.
Every employer has an employee handout guide. This is to discuss the inappropriate use of sexual discussions, sexual touching and other harassment that would constitute a hostile work environment.
Your employer has to accommodate you within reason.
Your employer should accommodate your needs within reason. If you need a special work station because of a medical issue or you need time off for religious purposes, your employer should do what they can to make it happen. As long as you aren't asking them to give you every holiday off or always leave work earlier than everyone else because you have a date or some other frivolous activity, there is no reason for an employer not to be able to work with you and accommodate your needs.
If you don't believe your employer is handling the situation clearly, effectively and promptly, you should contact an employment attorney about your case. You should not be passed off by your employer regarding these kinds of issues. Go to websites that discuss employment for more information.