When employees in Minnesota and elsewhere believe that they are victims of sexual harassment, it is often difficult to speak up or file a report or claim. It is often an uncomfortable situation, and many employees might not fully understand what it means to file an action against a harasser. Because of that, it is important be become familiar with the process and what a sexual harassment investigation entails.
When an employee files a sexual harassment claim, it must meet the definition of "sexual harassment." This is outlined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, and defines sexual harassment as unwelcomed behavior that is sexual in nature and explicitly or implicitly affects the victim's terms or conditions of employment, unreasonably interferes with the victim's work performance or causes an intimidating, offensive or hostile work environment.