Protect yourself & report sexual harassment in the workplace
It’s your right as an employee to stop sexual harassment. The lawyers at Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A. represent employees subjected to harassing behavior at work, as well as wrongful termination or other retaliatory actions for reporting sexual harassment. Our firm handles all types of Title VII employment discrimination claims.
In the most egregious cases, sexual harassment involves sexual assault or a verbalized threat of losing a job unless the employee submits to sexual favors. But the harasser may be a co-worker or even a customer, and sexual contact or overt threats are not necessary to constitute harassment, which can include:
- Sexual comments or leering looks
- Sexual propositions or repeated requests for dates
- Obscene jokes, sexual innuendos or dirty pictures
- Inappropriate touching or “violating your space”
- Implied threats about your employment status
- Comments about your body or your clothing
Any behavior that makes you feel uneasy can create an intimidating, hostile work environment, thus sexual harassment. Our employment law attorneys help you determine if you have a valid claim against your employer.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. The behavior does not have to be sexual in nature. You may have a claim if you can show you were treated poorly because of gender (or the opposite sex received favoritism).
The law generally requires you to report the harassment in accordance with company policies if the company has such policies.
Most victims just want the behavior to stop. If the behavior continues, or if you are terminated for reporting sexual harassment, remedies may include:
- Compensatory damages
- Reinstatement to your job with all pay and benefits
- Back pay from date of termination to the settlement or verdict
- Emotional damages for psychological suffering and damage to reputation
- “Front pay” damages of what you would have earned had you continued there
- Punitive damages, if the behavior was especially egregious, or if there are similar claims and settlements.
If you have been sexually harassed in the workplace call the Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A. office, or schedule your free confidential consultation now.