Sexual harassment is never acceptable, and unfortunately, it is a reality for many individuals in the workforce. If you are experiencing sexual harassment at work, it can be difficult to know what steps to take next. Michel | King can help review the protections offered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and explain the steps you can take if you experience sexual harassment at work.
Reviewing The Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects individuals from discrimination in the workplace based on sex. This means that if you are experiencing sexual harassment at work, you have legal recourse.
Do These Steps First
One of the first actions you should take is to report the incident or incidents to your supervisor or HR department. Be sure to document everything - date, time, location, and any witnesses who may have been present. Once you have reported the incident, your employer should investigate and take appropriate action. If they do not address the issue properly, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
Next Steps To Take
If speaking up and communicating with your employer does not gain the results you need, it may be necessary to take further action. It is possible to file a sexual harassment charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or your state's fair employment practices agency. These agencies will investigate your claim and can possibly take legal action on your behalf. You may also choose to file a lawsuit against your employer if you have experienced severe sexual harassment that has resulted in economic damages or a hostile work environment.
Even if you resign from your job due to sexual harassment, you can still press charges. Furthermore, this may constitute wrongful termination, as your employer did not appropriately respond to reports.
Litigation And The Right to Sue
Through a sexual harassment suit, you are capable of obtaining several beneficial outcomes. These can include job reinstatement, the prevention of future sexual harassment occurrences through required employee training, compensation for lost wages and emotional damages, and legal fees.
The Right Employment Attorneys For You
If you have experienced sexual harassment at your place of work and need assistance, Michel | King is here to help. We can review your evidence and case and determine the best course of action to achieve the compensation you deserve.
If you are experiencing sexual harassment at work, contact the team at Michel | King today for a consultation.