If you believe that you have recently been subjected to sexual harassment in Texas, you need to consult with an experienced attorney to figure out your recourse. Victims of sexual abuse or sexual assault often do file lawsuits against a perpetrator in civil court.
This is separate from the criminal charges pending against anyone who may have been charged with sexual harassment or assault. Criminal prosecution can lead to probation, jail time, fines, and other sanctions against the defendant in the event that a conviction is obtained. However, monetary compensation can only be obtained through the support of a civil lawsuit for a sexual harassment victim.
The type of compensation available in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit depends on the specifics of the case. The emotional and physical harm that a victim suffered or will continue to suffer is the most common theory under which a sexual harassment civil case is filed.
In a civil case, you should have a lawyer at your side to help you figure out the right strategy to pursue. As a victim, if you can show that you suffered because of another person’s illegal sexual harassment, a jury may award you with damages. Since a sexual harassment case can affect your life in many different ways, you need to make sure you have a plan with your legal case for damages.
The jury is responsible for awarding damages in cases in which they identify that someone else is responsible for significant losses for the victims. Furthermore, a civil suit could be brought against another party in addition to the perpetrator of the sexual harassment. If the incident occurred at a school, business or other official institution, the entity, which is sometimes the employer of the perpetrator, could be liable based on a negligent supervision claim. The only way to identify what specific legal theories may apply in your case, is to set aside time to consult with an experienced Texas sexual harassment lawyer to walk through the specifics of your case and to identify a strategy for your individual needs.