Legally Dealing With Sexual Harassment At Work

Posted on: 21 February 2019

Going to work each day is stressful for many people who are not completely satisfied with their career choice. The struggle is even worse when you feel uncomfortable due to getting sexually harassed by a coworker, especially if he or she is in a management position and has the authority to terminate your job. Sexual harassment isn't tolerated or legal no matter where it takes place, and you have the right to press charge against your offender and file a lawsuit. However, you must be able to clearly demonstrate that you have actually been getting harassed. This article contains question that you should ask yourself and how a lawyer will be helpful if you move forward with pressing legal charges.

Was Your Job Threatened?

Did the person who has been harassing you threaten your job position? If so, have you been trying to stay on friendly terms in an effort to keep your job? When you speak to a lawyer about the harassment, he or she will ask questions in regards to how going to work each day affects you. It is important to inform him or her about insomnia, nightmares, physical health conditions and any other problems that are related to your job situation. You should also let the lawyer know if you filed a report with a supervisor or law enforcement agent after your job was threatened by the other party.

How Were You Sexually Harassed?

The most important aspect of taking legal action against the other party is to prove that his or her actions are actually considered to be sexual harassment. For instance, if he or she only has a habit about complimenting you on a daily basis, it isn't likely that you have a strong sexual harassment case. Be prepared to give the lawyer very detailed information in regards to how you were sexually harassed by the other party. If the harassment led to you having sexual intercourse with him or her, you must let the lawyer know about it. You might also be asked to explain were any sexual contact with the other party took place.

Did You Ever Date the Other Party?

You will be asked about your overall relationship history with the other party. For instance, has he or she always been a coworker, or did the two of you date at any time in the past? If you even went on a single consensual date with the other party, let your lawyer know about it. The purpose of the lawyer needing all of the information is to build your case in the strongest manner possible. 

Contact a sexual harassment attorney for more help.