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Legal Options for Workplace Sexual Harassment Victims

sexual harassment.jpgSexual harassment is on the rise in workplaces across the country. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there were more than 26,027 formally lodged cases in 2014.

Sexual harassment is any physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature, unwelcome sexual advances, or blackmailing, requests, and bribes for sexual favors. These behaviors create a hostile work environment for the victim - often leading to poor job performance and psychological issues.

However, there is a silver lining. Of the 26,027 cases lodged last year, 2,342 were settled outside of court, with the accused paying the victims hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. If you have been the victim of sexual harassment while on the job, you may be entitled to compensation.

What Should I Do If I Have Been the Victim of Sexual Harassment?

If you believe that the harassment you have suffered has either affected employment decisions or created an offensive work environment, you should immediately inform your supervisor. Submit the information in writing so there is a paper trail that you can later use as evidence if your case goes to court.

There are other channels available to you, as well, such as making use of your union's grievance procedure or filing a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. However, it is recommended that you first speak to an experienced lawyer who can assess the strength of your claims and advise you on your next step. You may find that the best option available to you is to pursue a lawsuit against your employer.

What Can I Expect from a Successful Lawsuit?

If successful, then the defendant will receive a court order to stop the harassing behavior. However, if the harassment led to you losing wages or any other job-related losses, such as a lucrative promotion, then the payout may be significant.

If you have experienced sexual harassment in your workplace, an experienced San Jose sexual harassment attorney may be able to help. The team at Diemer, Whitman & Cardosi, LLP will review your case and help you seek the justice you deserve. Call 408-971-6270 today to schedule a consultation.



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