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Do you handle workplace sexual harassment?

1 Answers. Asked on Mar 30th, 2013 on Labor and Employment - Pennsylvania
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My supervisor accessed my named work e-mail address & sent a co-worker an e-mail stating I was "coming out of the closet". I discussed the issue with the HR dept who assured me the matter had been taken care of. Since then on several occasions the same person has been making comments to co workers (once in front of me at a store wide employee meeting) telling them be careful about joking around here because some people don't know how to take a joke.
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Answered on Apr 18th, 2013 at 11:30 AM

You have several issues: (1) whether or not emails hve any expectation of privacy (2) whether and how superiors can or should access others' email, and (3) whether a hostile environment has been created or other discriminatory actions taken against you. With the facts given, it is hard to answer any of these questions.

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Labor and employment attorneys can help both employers and workers prevent, address and resolve a variety of issues related to the employer-employee relationship. Small business owners and managers should consult with employment lawyers when crafting employment policies (including those related to hiring, affirmative action, compensation, medical leave and sexual harassment); negotiating employment contracts, non-compete agreements and severance agreements; and resolving employment-related personnel disputes. Workers should talk to a labor and employment law firm before signing any job-related contracts and for help addressing issues related to discrimination, harassment, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requests.
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