If you have been sexually harassed at work, it is important to have the support of an understanding, knowledgeable sexual harassment lawyer who recognizes the emotional distress that harassment can cause. Elzer Law Firm has extensive experience in effectively representing clients who have suffered sexual harassment in the workplace.
Sexual harassment may occur when an employer or supervisor promises a job advantage in exchange for sexual favors, or threatens termination if the employee refuses to submit to a request for sexual favors. Sexual harassment also includes unwelcome severe or pervasive touching, comments, jokes, drawings, text messages, and other types of conduct that are directed at a person because of his or her sex, and that would offend a reasonable person.
If you believe you have been sexually harassed, it is very important that you inform someone in management about the harassment. Many employers have sexual harassment policies that tell you how to go about reporting harassment, and some provide confidential hotlines to call in the event of harassment. If you fail to use the remedial measures an employer provides to remedy sexual harassment, you may not have a case for sexual harassment. This is because the law generally only imposes liability on an employer for harassment if the employer knows about it and fails to stop it.
Employees often fear that their employer will retaliate against them for filing a claim of sexual harassment. The law protects employees who make good faith reports of sexual harassment. Any retaliation should be reported to upper management or to Human Resources.
If you experience any type of sexual harassment, or retaliation for reporting sexual harassment, please contact a Pittsburgh sexual harassment attorney. Attorney Christine T. Elzer has represented numerous victims of sexual harassment and retaliation, and is here to help you through what can be a devastating time.