Sexual Harassment Laws in Las Vegas, Nevada

Sexual harassment in Nevada can occur to anyone and anywhere; it does not matter what a person’s age, gender, race, position, nationality or religion is, anyone can be the victim or the harasser in a sexual harassment case. It is imperative to get a criminal defense lawyer as soon as they are charged since these cases can quickly become complicated without their help.

Sexual Harassment Crimes

Sexual harassment can either be physical, psychological or both. It could also be direct or indirect, as long as it is still offensive or slanderous to someone in the vicinity. Physical actions will always receive harsher penalties especially if it involves contact with the victim:

Intimidation, bullying, and coercion – Using verbal or physical threats against someone in order to frighten them. Can involve blackmail, abusive language or the use of their authority to coerce a person to do what they want. May be classified as assault in some cases.

Insults – Insults aimed at a person’s gender and sexual orientation.

Sexist jokes – While inappropriate in some circumstances, sexual jokes are not illegal. It can however be considered as sexual harassment if it gets out of hand and if its primary or hidden purpose is to insult the victim.

Indecent exposure – Exposing private parts without their consent.

Leering – Looking at another person with obvious sexual or malicious intent.

Gender Discrimination – Discriminating against someone based solely on their gender or holding offensive gender stereotypes to the detriment of the victim.

Sexual discrimination – Treating another person differently (in a negative way) based on their sexual orientation.

Offensive sexual materials – Materials that are sexist in the place where the harassment took place or anywhere else.

Stalking – Following someone without their permission, taking videos, pictures or audio recordings. Putting video cameras in their property or just watching them is also classified as stalking.

Cyber-stalking Using the Internet to stalk a person through social media, email and web sites.

Aggravated stalking – Stalking with verbal or physical threats made to the victim or their family/friends/colleagues.

Groping – Unwanted physical contact in inappropriate locations or situations.

Sexual assault – Other serious actions like rape or sexual abuse falls under sexual harassment.

Retaliation – Indirect actions like vandalism, theft, destruction of property and slander in retaliation for reporting them to authorities or superiors.

Penalties for Harassment

Most crimes listed above (unless listed below) will receive the following penalties. The court may issue a restraining order as part of the penalty. Some crimes may require the harasser to register on the Sex Offender Registry.

First Offense: Misdemeanor. Can be fined for up to $1,000 and/or receive a jail sentence reaching up to six months.

Second and subsequent offenses: Gross Misdemeanor. Can be fined for up to $2,000 and/or receive a jail sentence reaching up to one year.

Penalties for aggravated stalking

Aggravated stalking is a category B felony. Those found guilty of aggravated stalking can receive two to fifteen years in prison and can be further punished with fines not more than $5,000. The penalties will intensify depending on the severity of the victim’s injury.

Penalties for cyber-stalking

Cyber-stalking through the use of the Internet is a category C felony. This sentence can carry fines that can reach $10,000 and be incarcerated for one to five years in jail.

Defenses used against sexual harassment

False Allegations – The alleged victim could be making false allegations because they want to hurt or disadvantage the alleged harasser.

Unintentional – The charges may be reduced or even be dismissed depending on the alleged action and how likely that it is intentional or not.

Misunderstanding – Some people might overreact or take some actions or miscommunication as sexual harassment. Most commonly it’s also unintentional.

Consensual – The defendant cannot be found guilty if the victim agrees that the act is consensual, unless there are threats made to get their consent. There have been some cases where other people aside from the victim and harasser have reported the act.

Criminal Defense Attorney for Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment charges will be hard to defend on your own without a Las Vegas lawyer for sexual assault and crimes. You do not want to risk the expense as well as the time wasted whenever someone lands in jail. Not to mention that it could cost you your job or be ostracized from the community. Don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as possible if you need solutions to your sexual harassment charges.

References:

http://detr.state.nv.us/nerc_pages/NERC_docs/Facts_About_Sexual_Harassment.pdf
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-200.html#NRS200Sec571
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Division/Research/Publications/FactSheets/CrimeCharts/Catb.pdf
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Division/Research/Publications/FactSheets/CrimeCharts/Catc.pdf
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/nrs/nrs-193.html