What Constitutes Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

What Constitutes Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

Individuals who are regularly subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace are often left feeling uncomfortable, confused as to what actions they can or cannot take to put an end to the harassment, fearful as to what the future at their job may hold, or forced to continue working in a hostile work environment or seek other employment.

No employee should have to continuously fend off sexual advances, be required to work with others who are actively offensively, or be subjected to any type of sexual harassment. If you think you are being sexually harassed in the workplace, you are strongly urged to obtain legal representation from a Chicago sexual harassment lawyer from the Law Offices of Fern Trevino.

Ms. Trevino has received an AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and has been ranked by Leading Lawyer Network as one of the top plaintiffs' employment lawyers in the state. For the past 20 years, the firm and its lawyers have been strong advocates for employees' rights. The firm does not represent employers. Attorney Trevino and the firm are devoted to providing employees with the hard-hitting legal representation they deserve.


Sexual harassment comes in a variety of forms and identifying sexual harassment is not always easily done. Here are a few examples to give you a better idea on what may constitute sexual harassment in the workplace:

  • Repeat and unwanted sexual advances or continued requests for dates
  • Sexual propositions or requests for sexual favors
  • Inappropriate touching or attention
  • Attempts are made to initiate conservations about the way you dress, how you look, your sexual preferences, or your sex life in general
  • Jokes, conversations or emails filled with sexual undertones or sexual innuendos
  • Continuous staring or gawking at your body
  • Subtle or direct indications that submitting to sexual advances is necessary if you wish to keep your job or be able to advance within the company
  • Inappropriate drawings or images of a sexual nature
  • Continuously blocking a person's path, brushing up against them or engaging in other unwanted physical contact
  • Personal relationship, whether they are consensual or not, that lead to an uncomfortable or sexually-oriented work environment


If another person's sexual advances or behavior make you feel uncomfortable or interfere with your ability to get your job done, you need to take action in your own defense. The firm has represented many sexual harassment cases and has helped countless employees obtain relief from the stress of a hostile working environment. Contact the firm now so that you can take the first step towards putting an end to sexual harassment in your workplace.