Do You Have A Workplace Sexual Harassment Lawsuit?
- Are you being subjected to demands for sexual favors in exchange for some job benefit such as promises or promotion or the ability to keep your job? Or have you been subjected to unwanted or unwelcome sexual conduct at work?
- Note: Conduct that is not severe or pervasive enough to create a hostile or abusive work environment will not be in violation of the law.
- Did you report the sexual harassment to HR and follow your company’s complaint process?
- Did your company ignore your complaint or fail to stop the sexual harassment?
If you’ve answered yes to ALL of these questions, then you may have a case and should consider contacting a sexual harassment lawyer.
Sexual Harassment Attorney Cindra Dowd
Victims do not simply have to settle with the way they are treated in the workplace. Gritting your teeth and hoping the behaviors stop rarely achieves results. Instead, victims should contact a Virginia sexual harassment lawyer as soon as possible. Because sexual harassment is a violation of both state and federal law, a lawyer can help victims pursue justice.
Attorney Cindra Dowd has successfully settled sexual harassment claims on behalf of employees. Call today to set up a confidential consultation and begin exploring your options. These consultations are free and no-risk, giving victims the power to pursue justice if they desire.
What is Considered Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a form of sexual discrimination. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, and yes, sex. This rule applies to any workplace with more than 15 employees, as well as federal, state and local governments. Even with these protections in place, men and women face sexual harassment in the workplace.
Two Main Forms of Sexual Harassment
Generally, sexual harassment in the workplace occurs in two ways:
- Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when an employer makes decisions based upon the worker’s submission to sexual harassment.
- Hostile work environments in which unwelcome sexual advances and verbal or physical sexual contact constitutes the other main form of sexual harassment.
Examples of Sexual Harassment
While the aforementioned forms of sexual harassment are indeed the two main behaviors that result in lawsuits, other forms can include:
- Sharing of sexually suggestive material with colleagues
- Sending sexually inappropriate emails or notes to co-workers
- Making inappropriate sexual gestures or physical contact in the workplace
- Telling dirty jokes or stories that are sexual in nature
- Making sexual comments about an employee’s body, clothing or appearance
- Asking sexual questions about an employee’s orientation or their gender identity
- Terminated or denied promotions for refusal to comply with sexual requests
These are just a few of the most common kinds of sexual harassment in the workplace. The reality is that if a colleague or manager in your office is making you feel uncomfortable by bringing up sexual topics, they may indeed be sexually harassing you. A Virginia sexual harassment lawyer can help you determine if you have a viable case.
How do I handle sexual harassment at work?
- Speaker to the Offender Directly: If you feel uncomfortable around someone, speaking to them about the situation may help to remedy the situation. They may not have realized that their actions or words were improper. If the person continues the improper conduct, you should begin to keep a log of the conduct and when it occurred. You may need this information later should it become necessary for you to file a complaint, charge of discrimination or lawsuit.
- Follow Your Company’s Complaint Process: You don’t always have to report the sexual harassment to your boss. He or she may be the one who is sexually harassing you. Good employers will have established procedures for making a complaint. If your company has a complaint process, you should consider following it and keeping a record of your actions.
- Consider Consulting a Lawyer if the Sexual Harassment Continues: If your employer fails to remedy the situation, consider contacting a lawyer. An experienced employment attorney will review your matter with you and if the attorney feels that you have a valid claim, they can help you file a grievance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and/or with your company. Being a victim of sexual harassment can be very stressful. Having an experienced attorney help you through this process can help reduce the stress and provide you good guidance on how best to proceed.
Compensation for Victims of Workplace Sexual Harassment
In many cases, a court can help make things right for victims. Some receive compensation to make up for the economic losses associated with sexual harassment, like lost raises. Compensation may also be available for the pain and suffering endured by the victim. If the victim’s job was lost because of their refusal to comply with sexual requests, their position can be reinstated.