Sexual Misconduct

Palm Beach Sexual Harassment Lawyer

Sexual misconduct may happen at any time to anyone, regardless of age, race, gender, or sexual preference. In the state of Florida, sexual harassment and other types of sexual misconduct are illegal. Every employee has the right to work in a safe environment, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ensures that employees should never have to be victims of sexual persecution. Sexual misconduct victims may pursue legal recourse without fear of losing their jobs, income, or job-related benefits. If you are – or if you become – a victim of sexual misconduct, speak at once to an experienced Palm Beach Sexual Harassment Lawyer at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin. Since 1984, our firm has helped scores of victims of carnal misconduct obtain justice.

Sexual misconduct can emerge in many forms and happens in a number of circumstances. Our experienced Palm Beach Sexual Harassment Lawyers represent clients who are victimized by carnal misconduct in these kinds of settings and more:

  • Work (including harassment and hostile work environment)
  • Church (abuse by clergy members or church staff)
  • Schools or daycare facilities
  • Military facilities
  • Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts
  • Nursing homes and other residential care facilities
  • Hospitals and other healthcare facilities
  • Cruise ships
  • Camps
  • Sports leagues

Remember, this is just a short, but not all-inclusive list. Sexual harassment can happen to anyone at any time. If you feel that you have been sexually harassed, don’t hesitate to contact a Palm Beach sexual harassment attorney as soon as possible to begin defending your rights.


Precisely defined, sexual persecution includes unwanted advances; offering employment or benefits for sexual favors; leering; making sexual gestures; displaying suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons, or posters; making or using derogatory or humiliating comments, epithets, slurs, or jokes; using degrading language to describe someone; suggestive or obscene letters, notes, emails, or invitations; physical touching or assault, including obstructing or blocking a victim’s movement in the workplace. Many people wrongly assume that sexual harassment has to be physical, but based on this definition, it is clear that the unwelcome carnal behavior does not have to include any touching. For example, if co-workers are making offensive comments about your body shape or the way your body looks in a dress, this could be considered sexual harassment. If an offensive or carnal poster is displayed in a co-worker’s cubicle, this could also be considered carnal harassment. If more people were aware of the broad definition of sexual harassment, more people probably would come forward to pursue charges against those who have harassed them.

What is not carnal harassment? First of all, consensual relationships that occur in the office are never considered to be sexual harassment since both parties are agreeing to engage in a romantic partnership. There is a fine line between what is and is not considered carnal harassment when it comes to giving someone a compliment. For example, if someone tells you that you look lovely in a the dress that you’re wearing, this is not considered sexual harassment. However, if the compliment quickly turns to how your breasts or other body parts look, this is carnal persecution.

A single, isolated joke about someone’s gender is typically not considered carnal harassment unless it occurs on a regular basis. However, this could be considered sexual misconduct. Carnal misconduct includes disparaging statements about your gender or your carnal orientation. It also includes all sexual battery.


There are two types of carnal harassment in the workplace: quid pro quo and hostile work environment. Quid pro quo, which translates to mean “this for that” occurs when a supervisor or other authoritative figure forces you to either put up with his sexual harassment or lose your job or other benefits that come along with it. For example, if your boss is making unwelcome carnal advances  and you ask him to stop, if he says something along the lines of “I thought you wanted to keep your job,” then this is quid pro quo harassment.

The second type of carnal harassment that can occur in the workplace is hostile work environment. Whereas quid pro quo harassment can be an isolated incident, to prove that your workplace is a hostile work environment, you must be able to show that there were multiple incidents. A hostile work environment is just as its name suggests. When you feel intimidated, offended or threatened to come to work because of ongoing carnal harassment, you may be able to prove that you work in a hostile work environment.

If you do decide to take action against your employer for sexual harassment, you should rest assured knowing that legally, an employer cannot retaliate against you for filing a claim. This law against retaliation protects you from being fired, receiving a demotion, pay cut or being reassigned to a different job based solely on the fact that you filed a claim against your employer for carnal  harassment.

If you believe that you are being sexually harassed in the workplace, don’t hesitate to contact a Palm Beach carnal  harassment attorney as soon as possible. Our attorneys will collect the facts on your case and explain all available legal options to you so you can make the best, informed decision.


For three decades, our experienced Palm Beach Sexual Harassment Lawyers have prevailed in carnal misconduct cases through hard work and an unshakeable commitment to our clients. We never charge a client until you receive the full compensation you deserve. We’ll keep you fully updated about your case. We help you understand the law, and we help you pursue the legal options that are in your best interests. If you are a victim of carnal misconduct in Palm Beach County or anywhere in the state of Florida – or if you become a victim in the future – speak at once to an experienced Palm Beach Sexual Harassment Lawyer at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin. Call us at 561-557-4546, or complete the form on our Contact Page and schedule a free consultation today.

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