Sexual harassment: Sexual harassment is considered a form of sexual discrimination. Courts have expanded the definition of sexual harassment. It includes unwanted sexual advances, both physical and verbal. Even if there are no actual sexual advances, harassment can include obscene comments, derogatory remarks of a sexual nature, dissemination of sexually suggestive materials or objects, obscene gestures and other unwanted contact. The term “hostile work environment” describes a workplace where sexual harassment takes place.
Whistleblowing: The term “whistleblowing” describes a situation where an employee is terminated or otherwise punished for reporting an activity that he or she considers improper either to a supervisor or to a public entity. The activity must be criminal or otherwise illegal or against “public policy” to qualify under this act. A successful claimant under this law can obtain monetary damages.
Retaliatory discharge: This term includes being discharged for trying to enforce your rights, filing a worker’s compensation claim, acting as a whistleblower, or refusing to participate in an illegal activity.
Constructive discharge: This term refers to a situation where someone is forced to quit their job because they cannot continue to work due to harassment and /or discrimination. The employee can claim that they were in the same position as a fired employee