Do you have a sexual harassment case? Can you bring a civil suit?
Should you bring a sexual harassment case or a sexual abuse case? What is the difference?
What steps should you take if you've suffered sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment refers to any unwanted sexual advances directed toward a person. It can occur anywhere. Individuals can experience it in the workplace, at a church, in a restaurant, or in a sports team to name a few. Places such as these typically have an obligation to provide their employees, members, or customers a safe environment.
If an individual has experienced unwanted sexual advances and has reported them to the correct officials within the organization, but has heard radio silence on the matter, then that individual may have a case for sexual abuse. Those officials may be held liable in a court of law for turning a blind eye to the situation and not upholding their obligation to maintain a safe environment.
What is considered sexual harassment?
Attempts to kiss
Lewd images in the office
Obscene gestures, comments, jokes or remarks
Sexual ultimatums or propositions
Pressure to go on dates
Sexual harassment creates a hostile work environment. Employees experiencing sexual harassment are usually prevented from doing their work. They may feel fear or intimidation. They may lose their job benefits, be demoted, or even fired for not giving in to pressure from sexual advances. If sexual harassment occurs in a different organization such as in a baseball team, that individual may suffer by not being allowed to play, for instance.
If you or someone you know has suffered from sexual harassment, consult with an attorney. You may have a strong case for sexual abuse. An attorney will be able to fight for the compensation you deserve. If you've suffered injuries, depression, lost wages, loss of benefits, or anything else, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
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