Seattle Coercive Sexual Conduct Attorneys
Experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace is an uncomfortable and upsetting situation to be in. Coercive sexual harassment occurs when an individual is unwillingly forced into a situation via threats or intimidation. It can be difficult to come forward, but it’s in your best interest to do so – for the sake of your well-being and your job. Our knowledgeable attorneys and staff at Premier Law Group are here to help you every step of the way to get the outcome and peace of mind you deserve.
How does the U.S. define “sexual harassment”?
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 defines sexual harassment as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature that is detrimental to a positive work environment. This includes anything that is aimed at someone solely because of that person’s gender.
Examples (taken from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) include:
Repeated requests for dates;
Embarrassing stories or “jokes”;
Comments or questions regarding someone’s body or sexual activities;
Displays of pornographic materials;
Assault or rape
If I am being sexually harassed, what should I do?
Inform the harasser that the conduct is unwelcome and must stop. This may be a difficult step in itself, as it requires confrontation, but it gives the harasser a chance to redeem him or herself before you take action.
Note each detail of the harassing (date, time, witnesses, significant events, physical and emotional responses), and gather evidence (when you have permission to do so).
Use a complaint or grievance system if one is available to you. This may help involve the harasser’s supervisors. Make a copy of the complaint you submit and be aware that your complaint may not be kept confidential.
Maintain a record of solid job performance. Behaviors such as excessive absenteeism, tardiness, sloppy work performance, etc. will hurt your claim. Gather documents like a written job description and written job evaluation. It will help show that your quality of work and work habits were appropriate.
The most common response to sexual harassment is to ignore it and hope that it just stops on its own. Unfortunately, that response has a very low success rate. When the harassment ultimately continues, victims tend to become frequently absent from work to try and avoid the harasser. Many victims will also end up trying to rationalize the harassment, asking themselves if they are just being too sensitive.
Reporting sexual harassment can be very difficult and many are too embarrassed to come forward. But not reporting it will lead to increased stress, poor job performance, fear of physical safety and anxiety, along with many other physical and psychological problems. If you feel that you have been or are being sexually harassed in your workplace now is the time to call an experienced Seattle sexual harassment lawyer.
How can PLG help with your case?
At Premier Law Group, we understand that figuring out what to do after you have been in a victim of sexual coercion, and are here to help you through the process. We are aggressive employment attorneys with years of experience in successfully representing people who have been victims of sexual harassment and coercive conduct. We have won millions of dollars for our past clients and we will do whatever we can to help you recover the maximum possible compensation. If you have been a victim at your workplace in Seattle, Bellevue, or Vancouver call us at (206) 285-1743.