How is Sexual Orientation Defined?
Sexual orientation, under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law, is defined as having a preference for heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality, having a history of a preference, or being identified with a preference.
What is Sexual Orientation Harassment?
In Wisconsin, you cannot be harassed at work because of your sexual orientation. Sexual orientation harassment occurs when offensive comments are being made by someone in the workplace about your actual or perceived sexual orientation. Sexual orientation harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile work environment. This means the behavior must be more than a few isolated incidents or comments. It must be a pattern of abuse, based on actual or assumed sexual orientation, severe enough to interfere with your work.
Who Can Be the Harasser?
Everyone. The harasser can be your supervisor or boss, a supervisor or boss from another department, your co-worker, or even someone who does not work for your company. It is still harassment if a client, customer, or vendor, who spends time at your workplace, is the one making offensive, disrespectful, or hurtful comments about your sexual orientation.
The Walcheske & Luzi, LLC Difference
At Walcheske & Luzi, LLC it is our pledge to provide open and honest advice, taking the time to listen, counsel, and advise. We will work closely with you to determine if you are the victim of sexual orientation harassment. Tell us about your sexual orientation harassment case, we’re ready to help.
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