Have you experienced sexual harassment on the job? Unfortunately, too many people find themselves in this situation and don’t know what to do next. This is particularly difficult if your boss is the one who has exhibited this behavior towards you. You need to have support on your side during this challenging time, and it can be hard to know who to trust. This is why you should hire a sexual harassment attorney immediately.
After the incident or incidents in question, you should write down everything that happened for your own reflection and to share with your lawyer. It’s easy to confuse details after the fact, but once you have information written down it will be easier to recall in the future. The support of your lawyer is an instrumental part of your journey and one that can help you file a lawsuit.
At some point, you will need to tell your HR representative or supervisor about the issue. This is the first step in giving the company a chance to address the sexual harassment. For many victims, it’s this stage in the case that is very difficult because the response from the employer is not what you expected and can make things very hard for you. You might think that the employer will do everything possible to stop the cycle of illegal and inappropriate behavior, but this does not always happen. Regardless, it is a vital step in your case to notify someone else about the issue and to give them a chance to correct it.
Regardless of how your employer responds, take notes from the meeting and share this with your sexual harassment attorney. This information will be helpful if you ultimately need to file a lawsuit. Depending on the circumstances, you might have also sought emotional or physical treatment for the situation. Record notes about when you went to these meetings as well and share this information with your lawyer.
The next step in a sexual harassment case, regardless of how the company investigation unfolds, is usually filing a lawsuit. To figure out whether this is right for you, talk to an experienced attorney.