Sexual Harassment Lawyers
Workplace Sexual Harassment
State and federal laws prohibit sexual harassment in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. If an employee faces sexual harassment in the workplace, they have the right to take legal action against their employer or another liable party. While a lawsuit cannot undo the traumatic experience you have been through, it can allow you to seek fair compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial hardships you have suffered as a result.
As part of its employment law practice, Potts Law Firm represents clients in sexual harassment claims nationwide. Our attorneys are passionate about protecting victims’ rights, as well as bringing them the justice they so deserve. We are a large, well-established firm with access to considerable resources and a long history of success. However, we still take the time to get to know each of our clients on a personal level, working directly with them and providing clear, consistent communication throughout the legal process. We want to help you get back on your feet so that you can heal and move forward with your life.
If you have been harmed by sexual harassment in the workplace, contact Potts Law Firm at (888) 420-1299 for a free and confidential consultation.
What Is Sexual Harassment?
Workplace sexual harassment is considered a type of sex discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Many types of behavior and conduct can be considered sexual harassment, including but not limited to:
- Unwanted sexual advances
- Quid pro quo arrangements
- Requesting sexual favors
- Unwanted touching/groping
- Making inappropriate sexual jokes
- Discussing sexual relations, stories, etc.
- Pressuring someone to engage in sexual conduct
- Creating or distributing sexually explicit images
- Exposing oneself/performing sexual acts on oneself
- Verbal harassment that is sexual in nature
Essentially, any conduct that creates a hostile work environment—including unwelcome sexual advances, requests, remarks, statements, jokes, images, emails, communication, and physical contact—can be considered sexual harassment. The same is true of nonconsensual physical contact.
Dispelling Common Sexual Harassment Myths
There are many common misconceptions about sexual harassment in the workplace. As a result, many people are confused as to whether what they have experienced is truly sexual harassment.
Some of the most common sexual harassment myths include:
- The Harasser Must Be the Opposite Sex as the Victim: This is not true. Someone of the same sex as the victim can commit sexual harassment, and both men and women can commit workplace sexual harassment.
- The Harasser Is Always the Victim’s Superior: The harasser may be the victim’s supervisor, but not always. They could also be a coworker, someone who reports to the victim, a supervisor in another area, a vendor, or even a customer.
- The Person Who Was Harassed Is the Only Victim: You do not have to be the direct recipient of harassment to be a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace. Anyone who is adversely affected by offensive conduct or a hostile work environment could be a victim.
- You Only Have a Case If You Suffered Economic Harm: While you could certainly have a case if you suffered economic harm, such as lost wages or benefits, not all sexual harassment results in economic injury. You could have a claim for compensatory damages if you suffered non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, etc.
How Is Sexual Harassment Different from Sexual Assault?
Sexual harassment is a broad term used to refer to a wide range of behaviors, both physical and non-physical in nature. Sexual assault, on the other hand, typically involves unwanted or nonconsensual physical contact of a sexual nature. Sexual assault can constitute sexual harassment if it occurs in the workplace or otherwise in relation to work. However, not all forms of sexual harassment include sexual assault.
Additionally, sexual harassment usually falls under civil laws, not criminal laws. This means that some forms of sexual harassment may not be classified as criminal acts—but victims likely still have the right to take legal action under civil statutes. In a civil case, you can seek compensation for “damages,” or the economic and non-economic losses you have endured as a result of the sexual harassment.
What to Do If You Are the Victim of Workplace Sexual Harassment
If you are the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, there are several things you can—and should—do to protect your rights.
- Reading and understanding your workplace’s sexual harassment policy
- Filing a complaint in writing with your employer or another appropriate party
- Documenting the harassment, including the time and date each incident took place
- Filing an official complaint with an appropriate state or federal authority
- Seeking medical attention (if necessary) and reporting the incident to the police (if applicable)
- Contacting a sexual harassment attorney for help with your claim
Whether you quit your job after dealing with a hostile work environment or were fired in retaliation for reporting sexual harassment, Potts Law Firm can help. We understand the difficult and sensitive nature of these cases. Our team offers caring, empathetic legal counsel and dedicated, one-on-one guidance throughout the legal process. We are here to help you fight for justice and the full, fair amount you are owed.
Call Potts Law Firm Today
We are ready to assist you with all aspects of your sexual harassment claim. We can handle all of the paperwork, communicate with the opposing counsel, and protect your rights throughout the process. With multiple offices located throughout the U.S., we proudly represent clients nationwide.
There are no legal fees for you unless/until we win your case. Call (888) 420-1299 or contact us online today to find out more during a free initial consultation.
It is always a good idea to consult an experienced attorney when you have suffered workplace discrimination or harassment. These claims can be extremely difficult to prove, especially if your employer fights back or argues that your claim is baseless. When you have an attorney by your side, you not only show that you are serious about your claim but you also grant yourself the best possible chance of succeeding in your case.
At Potts Law Firm, we have the extensive resources needed to aggressively pursue these claims. Our sexual harassment lawyers have a long history of success in representing victims of all types of sex discrimination in the workplace, including discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, childbirth, and more. We are well-versed in federal and state laws prohibiting sexual harassment, and we know how to fight for the justice you deserve.
If you are unsure if you have a case, don’t hesitate to call us today for a free consultation. Our team of experienced attorneys are ready to review your claim and fight for you.
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