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What employees can do when non-employees sexually harass them

Employees of any business in Colorado are legally protected from sexual harassment. If anyone working in the company begins to sexually harass another employee, they may be putting themselves at risk of termination from their job.

Should the employer ignore the harassment, they may be contributing to a hostile work environment, which may make it difficult for the victim to produce their best work product.

Does sexual harassment result in a hostile work environment?

Colorado law forbids someone from discriminating against an employee based on the employee’s sex. This also includes sexual harassment. If the harassment goes across gender lines, this may also be considered sexual harassment.

Under Colorado employment law, sexual harassment may be considered to be discrimination. The victim of sexual harassment may be able to file a civil suit based on the state’s laws against discrimination in the workplace.

If the victim is forced to endure the harassment so they can keep their job or if the conduct is severe enough, this may create a hostile work environment.

Is a hostile work environment illegal?

When a condition in the workplace makes it difficult for an employee to carry out their job duties, this may be considered a hostile work environment. An employer who allows this environment to persist in the workplace may be contributing to the overall environment.

The person harassing the victim may be creating an abusive environment for the victim. This is illegal under Colorado law.

What is harassment in the workplace?

Harassment is defined as “unwelcome conduct” based on several areas. These are sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or pregnancy. Race, religion and color are also areas where someone may be illegally harassed.

When a reasonable person would view the working environment to be hostile, abusive or intimidating, the victim may be experiencing unlawful actions.

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