Smart Reasons to Contact an Attorney Before Reporting Your Sexual Harassment Complaint
If you suspect you're the victim of sexual harassment at your job, it may not be clear your co-worker or supervisor is doing anything illegal. Even if you believe the law was violated, you may fear speaking up because you're uncertain if doing so affects your job and your employment opportunities. Contacting an experienced sexual harassment attorney before you report a complaint to your employer is a good strategy that can help build your sexual harassment case and save heartache down the road.
When to Talk With an Attorney If You Suspect Sexual Harassment
Idaho and federal civil right laws prohibit employers to engage in unwanted sexual advances, request sexual favors, or engage in other sexual behaviors. These actions can either create a hostile work environment or quid pro quo harassment, in which unwanted advances are requested in exchange for special
treatment, and rejection could result in negative actions against the victim.
If you suspect you're being sexually harassed, take action to protect your rights. Legal representation may help you in the following ways:
- An attorney can answer questions and determine if you have a possible claim for sexual harassment.
- You may be required to file a complaint with the company's human resources department or manager before pursuing your claim. An attorney can help you figure out the appropriate person to contact.
- An attorney can assist in documenting the sexual harassment and communications with your employer—vital actions to proving your case.
- If the harasser continues the illegal behaviors after confrontation or filing of a complaint, an attorney can give you advice on the appropriate next step.
- An attorney may help you formulate strong statements in your report, which may reinforce the case later if you must file a civil lawsuit.
- An attorney can monitor the employer’s response to the complaints and ensure there isn't retaliation against you for reporting harassment.
- Once you report the harassment, the employer is required to investigate the complaint. An attorney can review the employer’s actions to be certain they comply with civil rights laws.
- If your report to the employer doesn't resolve the unwanted sexual advances, your attorney can file an administrative complaint with the appropriate agency before the deadline to do so expires. An administrative complaint is required in order to file a civil lawsuit against your employer.
- If necessary, an attorney can file a lawsuit and fully litigate your claim.
Sexual harassment cases are always difficult to prove, because harassment can be subtle. Contacting an attorney before you take any legal steps can help you build a strong case against your employer and prevent mistakes that may hurt your claim. If you suspect you're a victim of sexual harassment, call me today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your situation and the steps necessary to protect your legal rights.