Legal Services for Sexual Harassment
The “Me Too” movement of recent years has cast a bright spotlight on the practice of sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment is a type of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The victim and the harasser can be of either sex, or even the same sex. The harasser can be a supervisor, a co-worker, or a client or customer of the employer.
The harassment may include requests for sexual favors–sometimes in exchange for promotions or other job benefits. Our attorneys have helped clients experiencing sexual assaults, lewd comments, inappropriate touching, and other unwelcome behavior. Workplace harassment can also include making offensive comments about a person’s sex.
“Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted),” according to the EEOC.
If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence, please contact the Virginia Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-838-8238 (24-hours/day, toll-free)
Every claim is governed by a statute of limitations, some of which are very short. You should always act promptly on your claim because once the statute of limitation expires, the claim is gone forever.