Under Oregon law:
(1) the employer; and
(2) supervisors, managers, co-workers and third parties who aided or abetted the sexual harassment (in some circumstances).
Under Federal law:
(1) the employer.
Others may be held responsible on a case-by-case basis.
Many employer policies require that an employee who has witnessed sexual harassment or believes sexual harassment is occurring must make a report. If a report is not made, some employer policies say that the employee who did not make the report may be punished for not reporting possible sexual harassment.
Under both Oregon and Federal law, it is unlawful for an employer to take consequence against an employee who reports, in good-faith, possible sexual harassment or believes that sexual harassment is occurring.
Many employees are afraid to report sexual harassment even if their employer says they must make the report. For instance, some employees are concerned that if they report possible sexual harassment that they will get in trouble with the employer or supervisors, managers or co-workers. We regularly represent employees who are facing this dilemma – to report or not report. Each situation should be professionally evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
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This is provided as a guide only, and not legal advice. Because of this, it is important you contact a Portland sexual harassment lawyer.