The Key Thing You Should Do If You Are a Victim of Sexual Harassment Is to Memorialize It in Writing
DuPage County Lawyers Teach Best Practices for Sexual Harassment Lawsuits
If you are a victim of sexual harassment at your workplace, the first and most important thing you can do is to document the harassment in order to help your case. At Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC, we can explain the steps you must take to avoid wrongful termination for submitting a sexual harassment complaint.
Our attorneys have helped various clients over the years who approach our team after they have already been terminated. An issue in these situations is that the clients never documented any of the sexual harassment that they were subjected to. If the sexual harassment was not documented in writing, then the company would have no actual record that the sexual harassment occurred.
A common mistake we see clients make is that they only document the sexual harassment in their personal journals. They never reported the harassment to their company's human resources department or to a supervisor. Personal journals do not count as official documentation that can be used as evidence in a sexual harassment lawsuit.
In order to give yourself the best chance of getting the outcome you desire, send an email to HR or to your manager that describes your sexual harassment experience at work. Make sure the words “sexual harassment” are included in the email. A formal written complaint can actually protect your employment because under Illinois law your employer cannot terminate you for submitting sexual harassment complaints.
It can be difficult to discuss your experience with workplace sexual harassment, and we understand this. At MKFM Law, we have helped many clients through this difficult time period. If you, or anyone you know, have any questions regarding what to do after experiencing sexual harassment at work, do not hesitate to call 630-665-7300 to schedule a consultation. You can also contact us online. We serve clients in Wheaton, Naperville, Oak Brook, and throughout Illinois.