Some boorish workplace behavior that
used to be overlooked is now considered unacceptable. If you have been the
victim of sexual harassment, Mr. Faber may be able to help you get some
There are two categories of sexual harassment and both are prohibited by
federal and state law. In one category, physical contact of a sexual nature
is used as a factor in determining employment decisions. The other category
includes conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile,
or offensive work environment.
Under either category, you should report the offending behavior to a
workplace supervisor–and he or she doesn’t have to be your direct
supervisor. If you don’t do this, you may be providing your employer with a
In order to take legal action for sexual harassment you must first file a
complaint with either the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
(505-248-5201) or, in New Mexico, the Human Rights Bureau (505-827-6838).
You must do this within 180 days after the last act of harassment.
The damages you may be awarded for sexual harassment can include
compensation for the emotional distress you suffered, lost wages if you were
fired or forced to quit, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, and costs of
litigation. If you have been sexually harassed, don’t allow it to continue.
Take action under the law.