Sexual Harassment

Thompson Legal Center, LLC, Tampa’s go-to Sexual Harassment lawyers, want you to have the knowledge you need to fully protect yourself in the workplace. Harassment itself may include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Sexual Harassment is an often-ignored type of discrimination that has recently gained national media coverage. Sexual Harassment is a form of sex discrimination that usually involves harassment or remarks of a sexual nature but can also include offensive remarks about a person’s sex, whether that be male or female.

Although the most commonly discussed form of workplace sexual harassment is when a male supervisor or co-worker makes offensive comments towards a female co-worker, this is not always the case. The harasser and the harasser’s victim may be a male or a female and may even be the same sex. The laws protect both males and females equally from sexual harassment and discrimination. In fact, a harasser can be a co-worker, a supervisor or even a client or customer. It is the victim’s employer’s legal duty to maintain a workplace free of harassment and said employer must take any complaint of sexual harassment very seriously.

Sexual Harassment is protected by both Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as amended, and the Florida Civil Rights Act, as amended. The law does not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments or isolated incidents that are not very serious. The harassment must be frequent or severe enough that an offensive or hostile work environment results or when said harassment results in an “adverse employment action,” such as being demoted, having one’s pay cut or being terminated.

Kathryn “KC” Hopkinson, Senior Associate at Thompson Legal Center, LLC, was selected to Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2016. KC takes a special interest in her sexual harassment/discrimination cases and has been helping both males and females stand up for their rights when it comes to be treated equally in the workplace. If you feel that you are or have been a victim of Sexual Harassment, please call 813-769-3900 for a free consultation with KC Hopkinson.