If a supervisor, coworker, or client at work makes sexual comments or actions that make you feel uncomfortable, you may be a victim of sexual harassment. This may also be the case if you feel that professional advancements or disciplinary actions depend on your response to these sexual advances. Sexual harassment lawyer Dan A. Atkerson in Allen, TX, has practiced law for over 30 years with a focus on employment law. Call our office at (214) 383-3606 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
What Actions are Considered Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?
Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination in the workplace. Although sexual harassment is inexcusable, it happens far too often. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that 7,500 men and women file sexual harassment claims each year. However, many others choose not to report harassment out of fear of employer retaliation. Sexual harassment at work can include unwanted sexual comments, lewd gestures, requests for sexual favors, comments on a man or woman's gender, and many other verbal, nonverbal, or physical actions that:
- Influence an employee’s performance
- Affect an employee’s job security
- Create a hostile work environment
It is important to note that both men and women can be victims and perpetrators of sexual harassment in the workplace. In order for conduct to be considered sexual harassment, the victim must tell the harasser directly that their actions are unwelcome and must stop. If you are suffering from sexual harassment at work, you are not alone. We are here to help.
Attorney Dan A. Atkerson has practiced employment law for more than three decades, and can help you challenge your employer and pursue compensation.
Why Hire a Sexual Harassment Lawyer?
Our attorneys can help you build your case by illustrating the nature, circumstances, and context in which harassment occurred. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a federal law that protects workers from sexual harassment. This law forbids employers from discriminating against workers based on legally protected classes, including their gender.
Once we file your sexual harassment claim with the EEOC, they will notify your employer and decide whether the claim will be handled by mediation or settlement. The EEOC will then investigate whether sexual harassment was committed by reviewing information submitted by both parties. During the investigation period, the EEOC will perform on-site visits and witness interviews to gain a comprehensive understanding of the workplace environment. If the EEOC finds that harassment or discrimination most likely occurred, both parties will be invited to resolve the charge through conciliation. Conciliation is a process of determining the victim's compensation and reviewing workplace policies and training to prevent harassment from happening again.
In addition to helping you file a lawsuit through the EEOC, we can help protect you from workplace retaliation following your claim. Workplace retaliation may include wrongful termination, poor job performance reviews, and failure to promote because of reporting sexual harassment. We are here to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the entire process.
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Attorney Dan A. Atkerson has practiced employment law for more than three decades, and can help you challenge your employer and pursue compensation. If you feel that you are a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, please call us at (214) 383-3606 or contact us online to schedule a complimentary consultation.