What is Harassment?

Missouri law says harassment is when the work environment because offensive or hostile because of a protected class.  Protected classes include, sex, gender, race, religion, disability, age, national origin and ancestry.  This means a work environment cannot become offensive or hostile because of the worker’s sex, gender, race, religion, disability, age, national origin or ancestry.

There are many examples of harassment, and here are several:

1. Sexual statements in the workplace.

2. Sexual activity or mistreatment in the workplace.

3. Racial statements in the workplace.

4. Racial activity or mistreatment in the workplace.

5. Other unwelcomed statements, activity or mistreatment that is because of a worker’s sex, gender, race, religion, disability, age, national origin or ancestry.

Many workers have questions like:

1. How do I know if I was harassed against?

2. How do I prove I was harassed against?

3. If I do nothing, will that mean there will be more harassment?

4. If I speak up, can I make sure others do not get harassed against?

5. If I speak up, can I be retaliated against?

These are all fair questions.  Because each situation is unique, if you work in Missouri, please contact attorney Grant Freeman at 816-286-2860.  An attorney or trained paralegal will ask you about what happened so that we can let you know if we think there is anything we can do to help.  The call is confidential and there is no charge.  If we think we can help, then we will discuss your options.  Usually, we investigate right away in order to get to the bottom of what is happening.

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