The companion claim that we see along with sexual harassment is that of retaliation. A retaliation claim looks at what the company did after they got notice of your sexual harassment or other employment discrimination complaint. Ideally, when a responsible company gets notice from an employee that employment discrimination is happening, they will do everything they can to investigate and put a stop to it. This is their job. So, if you are sexually harassed out of the blue and the company takes care of it right away and it doesn’t happen again, then they have done their job, and you will probably not have a claim. (Check with a lawyer first to be sure.) However, if the company or its executives or human resource department starts giving you a hard time for even making the complaint, then this potentially could arise to retaliation.
The usual scenario is where your supervisors are upset that you have made waves by complaining about the sexual harassment. They wished you wouldn’t have been so vocal and not involved higher-ups in the company and/or agencies like the EEOC or the Utah Labor Commission. They resent the “meddling” that these agencies will now impose on them when the investigation starts.
It’s at this point where much of the retaliation begins. It could start with something as innocuous as them taking responsibilities from you, taking accounts away. It can then progress to things like cutting your hours, reducing your allowed overtime, changing your job description, moving you out of a department while the harasser remains in his or her position, micro-managing your attendance, write-ups for things that you were never written up for before or write-ups for things that other employees do all the time.
The ultimate retaliation, of course is being terminated, with the close cousin being forcing you out of the company or “constructive discharge,” where your working conditions becomes so difficult that you can literally not stomach continuing to work there. In the end, you are victimized twice: the first time from the harasser and second time from the company.