When It’s Hard To Speak-Up, You’re Not Alone.
You have a right to work in a safe workplace free from sexual harassment. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act provides protection for employees against sexual harassment – a form of sex discrimination. Sexual harassment in the workplace involves frequent and/or severe unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. This conduct often affects one’s employment, interferes with work performance and creates an intimidating, hostile and offensive work environment.
Under Title VII, employees must file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 days of the discriminatory action. This is a strict deadline. You will lose some of the most important federal claims available to you if you do not file a charge with the EEOC. If you have already missed the deadline, it is still important to reach out to an attorney to discuss your options.
Employers are obligated to investigate employee complaints of sexual harassment. However, these investigations are often incomplete or flawed. Victims of sexual harassment may be hesitant to report this behavior for fear of what may happen to them as a result.
Sexual Harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances:
- The victim may be anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
- The victim doesn’t have to be of the opposite sex as the harasser.
- The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, another member of management, a co-worker or a non-employee.
- The victim can be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
Sexual Harassment can take many forms such as:
- Unwelcome verbal comments
- Unwelcome non-verbal gestures or conduct
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Physical conduct such as unwelcome touching
- Physical or sexual assault
- Requests for sexual favors
- Unwelcome written messages or pictures
- Offensive gender-related comments
- Asking personal questions of a sexual nature
- Implying that how you respond to a sexual advance could affect your employment
- Staring, glancing or excessive eye contact
- Displaying obscene material
You don’t have to face this alone. No one should endure the indignity of sexual harassment in the workplace. Rich Daugherty will fight to protect your legal rights, regardless of whether you’ve lost your job or you’re still employed. If you’ve been subjected to sexual harassment, he will help you navigate through very difficult circumstances each step of the way.
In addition to litigating cases, Rich also works with clients to reach practical and effective solutions through negotiation. When you contact his office, you’ll have direct access to him.
You can arrange for an initial phone conference with Rich at no charge. He represents clients throughout North Carolina and is available to meet with prospective clients outside of Chapel Hill when circumstances permit. Evening appointments are also available.