The Importance of Reporting Sexual Harassment Immediately
Everyone deserves the right to feel safe and be free from harassment when they are at work. Unfortunately, sexual harassment continues to be a problem in the United States and around the world.
Sexual harassment, as it is defined by the law, includes “hostile work environment” harassment and “quid pro quo” harassment. When sex-based remarks, jokes, and other derogatory behavior make a work environment intolerable for employees, this is considered a hostile work environment. Quid pro quo harassment most often involves a superior attempting to garner sexual favors in exchange for work benefits. Employees are protected from both types of harassment by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as various state and local laws. If you have been a victim of sexual harassment, it is imperative that you report the harassment. Waiting to file a complaint about sexual harassment can significantly decrease the likelihood that you will receive compensation for damages.
Do Not Make the Mistake of Staying Silent About Harassment or Discrimination
Laws exists to protect employees from both harassment and retaliation. If you have been harassed, but fear reporting it because your employer will retaliate against you, you should know that the law is on your side. Victims of sexual harassment should carefully record any instances of harassing behavior they are subjected to and save copies of harassing emails or text messages. Next, they must follow the procedure outlined in their company’s employee handbook for reporting sexual harassment. If the employer does not resolve the situation, further legal action can be taken. A claimant, or person bringing a claim, can file a sexual harassment civil suit to recover financial compensation for damages like lost wages or back pay.
Reporting Harassment Preserves Your Legal Right to Sue
In a sexual harassment lawsuit, the claimant’s ability to hold the company liable hinges on whether or not the company tried to stop the harassment. This means that a successful sexual harassment suit cannot be brought against a company who never knew about the sexual harassment. Although it can be a difficult task, victims of sexual harassment cannot skip reporting the harassment to their employer if they wish to pursue financial compensation. Fortunately, you do not have to face your employer alone. A qualified employment discrimination attorney can walk you through the steps of filing a complaint and pursuing compensation.
Contact a Chicago, Illinois Sexual Harassment Lawyer for Help
The experienced Wheaton employment discrimination attorneys at Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC have the skills to handle even the most challenging sexual harassment cases. To schedule a completely confidential and free consultation about your sexual harassment case with our compassionate professionals, call us at 630-665-7300 today.