At What Point Do You Have A Case For Sexual Harassment?
If you feel as though you are being sexually harassed at work, you are not alone. You do not deserve this treatment. Despite how you may feel, help is available.
Sexual harassment is a certain behavior that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Generally speaking, Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments, employment agencies, labor organizations, as well as the federal government. When this unwanted sexual attention explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s job, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment, the law is violated.
People who find themselves the focus of unwanted sexual attention in the workplace often attempt to stop the harassment by altering their actions first. They vary their schedule, avoid confined spaces, avert their eyes, and avoid conversation. These defensive strategies may work for a period of time, but many harassers are patient and persistent in pursuit of their goal. Because of this persistence, the victims’ efforts to stop the harassment by altering their actions often fail, and they are left with a sense of panic about what to do next.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is all too common. For many victims, taking action against their harasser feels impossible. Many victims simply feel that they cannot confront their harasser, so the abuse continues or they quit. Sometimes, after a complaint is made to a supervisor, the employer retaliates against the victimized employee. Don’t let this happen to you!
Attorneys at Marzzacco Niven & Associates have seen countless victims turn their lives inside out to stop discrimination and sexual harassment from destroying their lives. We raise a voice and work tirelessly to show that there is another way. Taking legal action against your harasser is your best approach.
What Constitutes Sexual Harassment?
We are frequently asked, “Do I have a case?” As a frame of reference, here are some common examples of sexual harassment that could build into a case.
- Staring at a person’s body.
- Sharing inappropriate stories, images, or videos of a sexual nature.
- Making suggestive comments.
- Making inappropriate physical contact.
- Asking about someone’s sexual orientation.
- Making sexual innuendos.
- Sending lewd emails.
- Making sexual gestures or expressions.
- Following someone inappropriately in the workplace.
- Directly or indirectly suggesting sexual activity.
While any one of these examples is enough to make a person feel sexually harassed, proving so in the eyes of the court can be more challenging. Talking to one of our experienced lawyers will help you find the path to safety. Also, in Pennsylvania, you may have only 180 days to file a claim or your rights to the claim could be forever waived. It is vital that you talk to an experienced sexual harassment lawyer as soon as possible.
Turn To Us For Help With Sexual Harassment Concerns
For victims of sexual harassment, compensation can help significantly in the healing process. At Marzzacco Niven & Associates, we have the experience and credibility to take on even the toughest cases. We take great pride in seeing justice served.
Per Rule 7.2(k) of Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Responsibility, comment 14, please know that in some cases, Marzzacco Niven & Associates works with outside co-counsel in litigation of certain claims. However, under no circumstance will the client pay two legal fees.