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Fighting back against sexual harassment. #MeToo

Fighting back against sexual harassment

The #MeToo-movement has renewed attention to sexual misconduct in the workplace and in many ways has made it easier for us to provide you with peace of mind if a colleague or supervisor sexually harasses you, and to better protect you from retaliation for complaining.

You do not have to tolerate sexual harassment

Workplace sexual harassment comes in many forms. Some common behaviors that are widely considered to be sexual harassment can include the following:

  • Sending sexually explicit messages or images, such as through email
  • Talking about sexual acts in the office
  • Making unwanted sexual advances toward a co-worker or subordinate
  • Promising special benefits, such as a raise or promotion, in exchange for sexual favors

To qualify as sexual harassment as the law defines it, the harassment must be severe and pervasive. Mere flirtation, or a one-time unwanted pass won't qualify legally.

You should save any potential evidence in your possession that could strengthen your claim. This may include emails, text messages, or audio and video recordings.

You should also give consideration to how you have been hurt or damaged by the sexual harassment. Have you sought counseling? Did you suffer an economic loss, such as from being fired for refusing sexual advances? (These are among the things that we consider in deciding whether to accept cases.)

You should call an attorney as soon as you have a concern about sexual harassment. Don't wait.

The law places the burden on harassment victims to show that an employer was negligent in addressing complaints, which means you have to raise your concerns with your employer to hold the employer accountable. The sooner attorneys become involved, the sooner they can get to work on addressing the issue internally, and by locating and interviewing witnesses and preparing court filings. And attorneys with strong knowledge of the local media scene and how to get your message across when necessary or appropriate can help motivate resolution.

Remember, once you report sexual harassment, your employer must not retaliate by reducing your pay, reducing your hours, or firing you. If an employer does retaliate, then the case becomes even stronger. (Indeed, retaliation cases are often easier to prove than harassment or discrimination cases.) By reaching out to our lawyers, we will ensure your rights are secure while building the strongest claim possible for the compensation for financial and emotional harm that you deserve.

We've had some high-profile successes of which we're proud in fighting sexual harassment and sex discrimination. Read here for some examples, or click on the links on this page. Many cases are settled even before a lawsuit is filed. Employers often demand non-disclosure agreements as part of such settlements, although that can result in higher taxes for them.

We are members of the Legal Network for Gender Equity, which was formed in response to the #MeToo movement. We are devoted to holding sexual harassers and their employers accountable. Few causes please us more.

Call The Chandra Law Firm LLC today to take action

Remember, there is zero justification for sexual harassment, and you have the right to put a stop to it. Let our experienced, determined lawyers take on the fight for you. Use our contact form to contact us today, or call our office in Cleveland at 216-578-1700.

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