The Law Office of

Joseph A. Velez


Phoenix, Arizona Employment & Labor Law Attorney

Scottsdale Workplace Sexual Discrimination

Unwanted sexual behavior in a professional setting is inappropriate and illegal.  There are two types of sexual harassment recognized by federal law.

Type 1: Quid Pro:  This type of harassment occurs when an employer/decision maker promises benefits, or threatens to terminate an employee based on sexual favors.

Type 2: Hostile Environment: This type of sexual harassment creates an unpleasant or hostile work environment.

The law provides protection to both private and public employees as well as employees of labor organizations.  Sexual harassment includes verbal, physical or visual sexual misconduct that is pervasive and unwanted.  Inappropriate touching, sexual bullying, sexual confiding and stalking all constitute as sexual harassment.  If inappropriate behavior is not only committed but tolerated by your supervisor or co-worker, you may have a sexual harassment claim.  The following are examples of behaviors that may constitute sexual harassment: 

- Making offensive comments of a sexual nature or any unwelcome sexual comments, even without harassing requests;

- Hanging offensive signs in cubicles or workrooms depicting pornography or containing obscenities;

  1. -Ignoring or not responding to employees complaints of sexual harassment;

  2. -Groping;

- Discrimination against female employees on the basis of pregnancy, or on the imagined likelihood of pregnancy occurring;

It is the responsibility of an employer to have a procedure in place to counter sexual harassment.  Mandatory training programs and a zero tolerance standards can reduce sexual harassment incidents.  If your employer has failed to implement sexual harassment prevention procedures your claim may be stronger.  The courts look to a variety of factors to determine if the conduct is sufficiently severe and pervasive to give rise to liability for sexual harassment.  In order to be actionable, the environment must be both objectively and subjectively offensive, one that a reasonable person would find hostile or abusive, and one that the victim in fact did perceive to be so.  Furthermore, if the sexual harassment in question resulted in you losing your job, there may be an additional wrongful termination claim to pursue. 

Do you Have A Sexual Harassment Case?

I can evaluate your harassment claim, including an investigation of the harassment, workplace response and company anti-harassment policies/procedures to determine if you have a viable sexual harassment claim.  If you feel you have been victimized by sexual harassment or subjected to a hostile work environment, or you are an employer who needs advice and counseling in this area, please contact my office.

DISCLAIMER: This site and any information contained herein are intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Seek competent legal counsel for advice on any legal matter.

My law office represents clients throughout the Phoenix, Arizona area including the cities of Scottsdale, Maricopa, Mesa, Surprise, Paradise Valley, Avondale, Gilbert, Chandler, Glendale, Florence, New River, Fountain Hills, Peoria, Surprise, Queen Creek, Tempe, Sun City, Apache Junction, and Casa Grande. I serve the counties of Maricopa, Yavapai, Gila, Pinal, La Paz, Yuma, and Pima County.

The Law Office of Joseph Velez

Employment & Unemployment Law Attorney

Scottsdale Financial Center

7272 E. Indian School Rd., Suite 111

Scottsdale, Arizona 85251


The one hour initial consultation fee is $295 for the matters discussed above.

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