Signs You Need to Talk to a Sexual Harassment Attorney
You need to talk to a sexual harassment attorney is you suspect that you are being unlawfully discriminated against in your workplace on the basis of sex. An attorney can help you if you are personally the victim of harassing behavior, including unwanted sexual advances. If you are being denied career benefits or opportunities because bosses or managers are rewarding your co-workers for sexual acts, this could also be an example of a situation where it becomes important to talk with a sexual harassment attorney.
Curley & Rothman, LLC has extensive experience providing assistance to individuals who are victimized by sexual harassment. Our firm also assists companies who are concerned they might be sued and held liable for harassing behavior.
To find out more about the ways in which a sexual harassment attorney can help you to deal with legal issues surrounding sexual harassment in the workplace, give us a call today.
Signs You Need to Talk with a Sexual Harassment Attorney
There are certain red flags that you may observe or experience in the workplace that are indicators of unlawful sexual harassment. Some of the signs that you need to talk with a sexual harassment attorney include:
- Requests for you to participate in sex activities or provide sexual favors: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lists this as one of the clearest and most obvious signs that sexual harassment is occurring in the workplace.
- Unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature: This could include things like your boss rubbing your shoulders or your back in a way that you find uncomfortable.
- Verbal or written conduct of a sexual nature: Being sent inappropriate jokes, having sexually suggestive comments made to you, or experiencing any other type of unwanted written or oral sexual comments can be workplace sexual harassment. There have been cases where employees won sexual harassment claims based on male co-workers creating a hostile environment in the workplace through repeatedly sending dirty jokes via email to female employees.
- Being passed over for a job or a promotion which is instead awarded to someone who was willing to give into sexual advances or provide sexual favors.
Not all sexual harassment takes the form of quid pro quo harassment, which is the kind of harassing behavior in which a boss or someone in a position of power essentially conditions job terms and conditions on receptiveness to sexual advances. The creation of an unreasonably unpleasant working environment on the basis of any unwanted sexual behaviors, including by co-workers and peers, could potentially be unlawful and the company could be held responsible if there were no policies in place to prevent the behavior and if no system was set up to make certain that this type of behavior could be reported.
Experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace can be emotionally and physically damaging. You could be forced to quit your job, or could be fired or passed over for promotions you deserve. You could experience a loss of income, which an employer could potentially be responsible for compensating you for, along with the emotional distress resulting from your harassment. If the harassing behavior forces you to quit your job, you could still be able to hold an employer accountable by arguing that the conditions at work were so bad that you were forced to quit the position.
The key to getting any compensation for sexual harassment is to know how to make the legal system work effectively for you. If you suspect harassment is affecting your career opportunities, it can be difficult to determine if laws are being broken. Proving that anti-harassment and anti-discrimination laws were violated can be even more of a challenge. You must make certain you talk with a sexual harassment attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer can help you to gather the proof you need to show harassment is happening and can help you to decide on the best course of action to stop the behavior that is harming you at your job.
Getting Help from A Sexual Harassment Attorney
Curley & Rothman, LLC has a long history of representing employees victimized by all types of harassing and inappropriate workplace behaviors, including sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination. If you are being treated unfairly or inappropriately at work, our legal team is here to assist you. Give us a call at 610-834-8819 or contact us to talk with a sexual harassment attorney to find out more about the assistance our legal team can offer to you.