It is unlawful to discriminate or harass a person because of that person's sex. Harassment can include "sexual harassment" or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person's sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general. Both the victim and the harasser can be either a man or a woman, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex. The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.

Although the law doesn't prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted). Sexual harassment can include pornography, offensive jokes, sexual bullying, repeated touching, etc.

In many instances, the law may require a victim of sexual harassment to lodge a complaint with his or her employer before bringing a sexual harassment claim to a government agency or a court. Failing to complain and/or quitting your job may result in a forfeiture of legal rights. 

Short Time Limit To Assert A Claim

As is the case with most employment law claims, an individual suffering from sex discrimination or harassment has a very limited time to take action. Because of the short deadlines imposed by law, you should contact the Riggan Law Firm immediately if you believe you have a claim of sex discrimination/harassment.

Years of Experience

Mr. McKinney has been has been practicing employment law since 1996, is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and represents employees who have been the victims of unlawful sexual discrimination and harassment.  If you believe you have been terminated or otherwise discriminated against, please contact us to make an appointment to speak with us about your case.