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Did I Sexually Harass Someone? What Is Sexual Harassment?

Posted by Steve Karimi | Dec 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the years to come, the year 2017 will be remembered as a milestone in the Sexual Harassment conversation. Harvey Weinstein is not the only celebrity to be brought to his knees by accusers first, the media second, and the rest of the world, third. Consequently, story after story of others accused have emerged putting an entire country on edge to learn the answer to the question, “Who will be next?” Another powerful question likely being mulled by others is: “Did I sexually harass someone and what exactly Is sexual harassment?

Polls taken in 2017 have revealed that members of the baby boomer era, Generation X, or the millennials view sexual harassment and what constitutes it differently. The scandals of 2017 have exposed varying ideas of these crimes. With new accusations emerging in the news each week, understanding sexual harassment and what it is and isn't must be a part of the dialogue. What exactly Is sexual harassment?

Activities Signaling Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and some examples include:

  • Unwelcome sexual advances
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Any distracting verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature
  • Repeated requests for dates
  • Embarrassing stories or “jokes”
  • Assault or rape
  • Indecent exposure.

If you engaged in behavior at some point of your life and believe you may have crossed the line into sexual harassment territory, there are some steps you can take to be better prepared in the event you are accused. Finding a criminal defense attorney who is experienced in sexual harassment law should be the number one action on your list. There are four other elements to know if you are concerned about some situation.

Four Elements of Advice for Fair Sexual Harassment Scrutiny:

  1. If you are accused in your workplace or as part of another organization, insist on a thorough investigation.
  2. Request to see evidence of your engagement in any sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct complaint.
  3. Obtain assurance that accusations and allegations are disclosed only when necessary.
  4. If any punishment is rendered, insist that it is levied evenly.

Some situations have an unclear definition line. Other situations including rape or indecent exposure are typically clearer to determine. If you are concerned that a situation you were involved in can be identified as sexual harassment, you could be charged with a felony and possible potential jail time. Karimi Law Office can help you sort out your situation. As a former prosecutor, Steve Karimi knows the courts and the law. He has helped hundreds of Washington citizens facing felony charges such as sexual harassment and can help protect your constitutional rights. If you are stressed and worried about your potential sexual harassment situation, call our office today at 206-621-8777 to schedule your consultation. Getting the facts and being prepared can help you improve your chances of success if your case ever goes to court.

About the Author

Steve Karimi

Steve Karimi attended Pepperdine University School of Law. After graduation he worked as a prosecutor in Seattle where he gained valuable insight to the criminal justice system. Attorney Karimi uses his experiences as a prosecutor everyday only now he fights for the justice of those accused.

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