The #MeToo movement has exposed the prevalence of sexual harassment in politics, entertainment, journalism, sports, religion, and other industries. Numerous victims have come forward to confront their high-profile harassers who previously felt untouchable. The right to be treated with respect, dignity, and fairness is now in the public eye, but some corporations and people in power continue to harass.
Bertling Law Group is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who face insurmountable odds. We have 30 years of trial experience and the vital resources to pursue harassment claims in state and federal courts nationwide. We also have the determination to go toe-to-toe against big corporations and high-profile individuals to protect your rights.
Our firm guides you through the process of filing your sexual harassment claim with the appropriate agencies and bringing lawsuits against your harasser. We recommend scheduling an appointment with us as soon as possible so we can help you to preserve evidence and follow important protocols to protect your rights.
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, dirty jokes, offensive emails, sexually explicit images, or inappropriate gestures. A single offhand comment or isolated incident would generally not be sexual harassment. However, offensive verbal and physical behavior over time might create a hostile work environment that is considered harassment. Also, a one-time incident that is serious, such as sex assault, would be unlawful, as would harassing conduct that resulted in an adverse employment decision.
The harasser may be a man or a woman and may be the same or opposite gender as the victim. The harasser may be a boss, a supervisor in another division, a coworker, or a client.
Abuse also occurs in non-workplace environments, such as schools, religious institutions, and health care providers.
You have the right to speak out
Whistleblower laws forbid retaliation against anybody who speaks out about sexual harassment. In response to your allegations or cooperation with a sexual harassment claim, your employer cannot make adverse decisions such as firing, refusing to hire, failing to promote, scheduling undesirable shifts, reassigning to a lesser project, or cutting hours.
Outside the workplace, the harasser is also prohibited from retaliating. For example, your teacher cannot give you a lower grade for refusing a sexual advance. Likewise, a movie director cannot tie your casting for a role to a sexual favor.
Learn more about filing a sexual harassment claim
Bertling Law Group pursues all available forms of relief in your sexual harassment allegations, including monetary damages and injunctions against further harassment. Call 844-295-7558 to schedule an appointment with our dedicated attorney to learn more about your rights and options today.