Sexual harassment is a form of workplace discrimination. Suggestive comments, sexist jokes, and unwanted sexual advances are just a few examples of sexual harassment. If you have been made to feel uncomfortable by your employer or fellow employees, you have the right to take action against these individuals. No one deserves to feel targeted, demeaned, intimidated, or sexualized in the workplace, but it can be hard to know what steps you can take to stop this behavior. At Sinapi Law Associates, Ltd., we are committed to helping victims of sexual harassment understand their legal rights and options. Together, we can identify the most strategic course of action to hold people accountable for their actions and recover the lost wages, benefits, and damages you deserve.
Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. There are two primary types: quid pro quo, where employment decisions are contingent upon submission to sexual conduct, and hostile work environment, which involves conduct that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
Although many instances of sexual harassment are easy to identify (i.e., overt sexual advantages, suggestive comments, nonconsensual touching of a sexual nature, etc.), some forms are harder to spot. Perhaps your coworker made an off-color joke that made you feel uneasy, or you think your boss may have implied that a promotion could be yours if you provided sexual favors. Even if you are not sure that the behavior constitutes sexual harassment, you should reach out to an employment law attorney to discuss the situation. We recognize that these matters can be highly sensitive and even embarrassing to discuss, which is why we will always treat you with the care, compassion, and respect you deserve. Our goal is to support and protect you as we seek to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.
Our team understands how vulnerable and intimidated you may feel at this moment. We pride ourselves on being listeners first—we need to understand your concerns and goals before we can determine how to move forward. Depending on the specific factors of your case, we may be able to pursue compensation for any lost wages, denied benefits, or emotional pain you suffered as a result of sexual harassment or a hostile work environment.