Helping Charleston Sexual Harassment Victims
Everyone should feel safe in the workplace. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Sexual harassment is an ongoing problem in in South Carolina. If you were the victim of sexual harassment, you may not feel comfortable speaking about it with your superiors. That’s where a lawyer comes in.
A lawyer will take the stress of dealing with a sexual harassment case off your shoulders. They will determine who to go after for damages and they will see to it that justice is served.
The Hopkins Law Firm has years of experience dealing with sexual harassment law. Read on to find out how they can protect your rights.
What is Sexual Harassment?
There are many situations that can be considered sexual harassment. These include unwanted sexual advancements, requests for sexual favors, inappropriate sexual conduct, the telling of derogatory jokes, and the sharing of pornographic material.
Here is what courts will be looking for in determining whether you have a case:
- Whether engaging in or rejecting the sexual conduct affects the victim’s employment status
- Whether the conduct interferes with the employee’s work performance
- Whether the conduct creates a hostile work environment
65 to 80% of sexual harassment victims are women, but men can be sexually harassed as well.
What are Some Common Examples of Sexual Harassment?
Examples of sexual harassment include the following:
- The hiring, promotion, and continued employment of an employee being contingent on that worker’s engagement in sexual activity
- Offensive comments regarding one’s gender
- Unwanted sexual advancements from a superior or co-worker
- Pornographic materials being distributed in the workplace
What to Do If You Are Sexually Harassed in the Workplace
If you are sexually harassed in the workplace, the first thing you should do is consult your employer’s handbook. There should be a procedure to follow in filing a complaint.
You can complain both informally and formally. This means, you can complain directly to the co-worker or superior responsible for the conduct as well as the relevant departments at your place of work.
As an employee, you have the right to file a complaint without your employer taking any action against you. Your employer has a responsibility to listen to your complaint and give it the attention it deserves. Any sort of retaliation that results is considered illegal.
If nothing is done or if retaliation is taken in response to your complaint, or if your employer treats you badly after the complaint is filed, it may be time to get legal help.
What Damages Can I Collect in a Sexual Harassment Case?
If you win a sexual harassment lawsuit, you may be able to collect compensation for the following:
If you lost your job due to sexual harassment and win your case, you may be able to return to work. However, in some cases, this may be not be the best option.
If you decide not to go back to work, the defendant may be responsible for covering wage loss from the date of the judgement to some point in the future.
Damages will be determined by your age, how long it might take you to find a similar job, how long you were at your previous job, and how long employees in similar positions stay at their jobs.
If you were fired from your job or refused a promotion due to a sexual harassment situation, you may be compensated back pay. This includes wages, raises, bonuses, commissions, tips, the value of benefits, vacation or sick pay, retirement and pension benefits, and profit sharing.
Back pay usually dates back two years from the time you file your lawsuit, but in some cases, it could go back even longer.
Emotional and Physical Pain and Suffering
Damages may also include emotional and physical pain and suffering. After a sexual harassment suit, you may be dealing with mental distress due to the traumatic events that occurred. If you were physically harmed, you may also have medical expenses to deal with.
The defendant will be responsible for compensating damages for medical expenses and emotional pain.
Punitive damages may also come into play. These are meant to punish the defendant if their actions were considered particularly inappropriate. It is hopeful that paying these fees will keep the guilty party from engaging in similar behavior in the future.
The Hopkins Law Firm is the Best Choice for Your Charleston, South Carolina Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
If you were the victim of sexual harassment, you may feel too intimidated to take a stand. That’s why it is important to have a reputable lawyer on your side.
The Hopkins Law Firm has years of experience dealing with sexual harassment lawsuits. They treat their clients with the care and respect they deserve. They will leave no stone unturned when it comes to getting full and fair compensation.
Sexual harassment is a traumatic experience. Call the Hopkins Law Firm for a free consultation and take a stand against predators. Not only will you get the closure you need, but you may also protect others from a similar fate.Schedule Your Free Consultation
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