Share on Facebook
Share on X
Share on LinkedIn
By Louise Herman

Sexual harassment in the workplace is unacceptable, but this is still something that unfortunately happens every day in the state of Rhode Island. As a victim of workplace sexual harassment, you may be too afraid to report your harasser. But nevertheless, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced sexual harassment lawyer at Herman Law Group who will be dedicated to fighting for your rights and helping ensure that all liable parties are brought to justice. Continue reading to discover how we can make this possible.

How does the state of Rhode Island define “hostile work environment” sexual harassment?

Contrary to popular belief, sexual harassment does not necessarily have to be sexual in nature. Take, for instance, the essence of a hostile work environment sexual harassment. Examples of this read as follows:

  • Repeated and unwanted sexual advances, including requests for sexual relations.
  • Lewd remarks, jokes, and actions.
  • Unwelcome physical contact.
  • Sexually explicit material in the workplace.
  • Behavior or conversation based on gender stereotypes.

How does the state of Rhode Island define “quid pro quo” sexual harassment?

Contrary to “hostile work environment” sexual harassment, that of “quid pro quo” is more threatening in nature. That is, this occurs when an employer attempts to demand or implies that sexual contact is a condition of employment. In other words, your employer implies that you must accept sexual advances to keep your job, advance in the company, or avoid discipline.

Overall, sexual harassment is considered a form of discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Rhode Island law. So, if you can prove that you were sexually harassed in the workplace and nothing was done to put an end to it, you may have a valid claim against your employer. In this case, do not hesitate in reaching out to a skilled Providence County, Rhode Island employment lawyer today. 


If you need help with an employment law matter in the Providence County, Rhode Island area, you can count on Herman Law Group to represent your best interests. To discuss your matter, please contact our firm today.

About the Author
At Herman Law Group, our focus is on safeguarding the rights and careers of employees and businesses alike. With over 35 years of successful legal practice, Louise A. Herman brings an invaluable dual perspective from representing both employees and employers. This unique insight allows us to effectively achieve successful outcomes for our clients in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and nationwide.