Nevada Sexual Harassment laws & HR compliance analysis

Nevada Sexual Harassment: What you need to know

The Nevada Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sex or sexual orientation (NV Rev. Stat. Sec. 613.310 et seq.). Sexual harassment is considered a form of sex discrimination. The Act applies to employers with 15 or more employees.
Gender identity. "Gender identity or expression" is defined as the gender-related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of a person, regardless of the person's assigned sex at birth. Harassment based on gender identity or expression is a violation of the Act.
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According to a fact sheet published by the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
Sexual harassment can occur in various circumstances, including:
• The victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or a man. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex.
• The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a coworker, or a nonemployee.
• The victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
• Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the victim.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed that Title VII protects both sexes from unlawful harassment and allowed a male former employee to proceed to trial with his harassment case (EEOC ...

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