As anyone who has experienced it can testify, sexual harassment at work can make life miserable. In addition to the harassment itself, victims of such behavior often face an uphill battle to get their concerns taken seriously.
Clearly, when it comes to sexual harassment, the stakes are high. People who suffer from sexual harassment at work may be reluctant to take legal action against their employer, but doing so may be the only way to make the harassment stop or to take a stand against employers and coworkers engaging in such terrible behavior in the future. Concerns about the process of a sexual harassment lawsuit may also be intimidating for some people. At MKFM Law, we are here to answer your questions and to make sure you get the help you need. For an overview of how sexual harassment lawsuits work, read on and then contact one of our experienced attorneys for help with your case.
Steps in a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
The first step in addressing sexual harassment is to file a complaint via e-mail according to your company’s anti-sexual harassment policy. When filing a formal written report with an employer does nothing to stop the sexual harassment, it may be necessary to file a claim with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR), the Illinois state agency responsible for handling sexual harassment claims in Illinois. It is important to note that there are time limits on when complaints can be filed - you only have up to 300 days after the harassment to file a claim with the state.
After the IDHR issues its findings and report, you will be issued a “right to sue” notice. This allows you to file a lawsuit against your employer. Recoverable damages in a sexual harassment claim vary, but sexual harassment victims may be entitled to compensation for back pay, front pay, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
Get Help from a DuPage County Sexual Harassment Lawyer
At Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC, we understand that you may be reluctant to bring legal action against your employer because you are worried about exposure or retaliation. Our team of experienced Illinois sexual harassment attorneys understands how sensitive these cases are and is committed to protecting your legal rights, privacy, and dignity during a case. Call 630-665-7300 today to schedule an Initial Attorney Meeting and learn more about how we can help.