A person’s place of employment is a place they should feel welcomed and safe. Sadly, however, that is all too often not the case. Harassment in the workplace comes in many forms and happens more frequently than one might think.
Sexual harassment is one of the more common forms of harassment in today’s world. Behavior that constitutes sexual harassment is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which applies to employers who have 15 or more employees, as well as labor organizations and the federal government.
What, exactly, is sexual harassment? The scope for sexual harassment is large and is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Generally speaking, it is anything that is sexual in nature that affects your job in a negative way. The harassment can come from anyone ranging from a supervisor to a co-worker; it can be physical or verbal; it can be explicit or implied.
What to do if you’re being sexually harassed in the workplace:
The best first step would be to speak to an attorney experienced and knowledgeable in this area of practice. Their guidance during what is an already upsetting and stressful time can be invaluable. They can assist in filing a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which is the next step and a requirement before filing a lawsuit. There is no time to waste- there are specific time limits for these complaints to be filed, and that time limit is dependent on the specifics of your situation. After reviewing the complaint, the EEOC will issue a Notice of Right to Sue, which is a requirement to complete the next step of the process- filing a lawsuit.
Again, time is of the essence and an experienced attorney can guide you through this convoluted and emotionally draining process. More importantly, they can help ensure that you receive what you deserve, whether it be reinstatement of employment and/or monetary compensation.
The attorneys at Green and Gillispie specialize in this practice of law, and know the ins and outs of the entire process. If you’re experiencing this type of harassment, waste no time and call us today. We can help.