The legal definition of harassment generally entails any behavior that is meant to alarm, annoy, or make someone feel fearful. There is a wide range of workplace harassment examples that warrant filing harassment charges with the help of an experienced harassment attorney.
Under Iowa law, there are three classes of harassment. First-degree harassment is an aggravated misdemeanor. Second-degree harassment is a serious misdemeanor. And third-degree harassment, which is a simple misdemeanor. Penalties for these charges are significant and can include prison time and/or fines.
Under State or Federal law, if your supervisor or co-worker harasses you because of any of the following, you may have a claim for workplace harassment:
- National origin
- Sexual orientation or gender identity
Many people think of harassment as solely related to gender or sex, when the law prohibits workplace harassment on the basis of any protected class. This has been caused at least in part by the failure of employers to focus their training on anything but sexual harassment. In addition, employers’ policies often do not even mention racial harassment or other forms of workplace harassment.
Our team also includes expert discrimination attorneys who can offer legal help in related instances of discrimination. Our lawyers near you can help aggressively pursue the best results for your specific case. Here at Newkirk Zwagerman, our experienced and compassionate harassment lawyers can help you get the justice that you deserve.