Indirect Sexual Harassment
Indirect sexual harassment incidents usually involve a secondary victim offended by visual or auditory conduct. A victim of indirect sexual harassment can be someone that overhears a lewd joke at work, even though they are not the subject of it, may read a letter or email that is sexual in nature and become offended by it, or can also come across an inappropriate image or photograph, such as on a screensaver or in an email.
In addition, indirect sexual harassment can involve someone who is a witness to the harassment of another individual. They may take offense or become fearful for their own safety.
During the case, plaintiffs involved may recover compensatory damages. These can be lost benefits and wages, lost employment opportunities, and factors such as emotional upset and distress. In some cases, they can reclaim their job.
In especially harassment cases, the jury may award punitive damages. These are a means to discourage the defendant from allowing, or engaging in, any sexual harassment in future. The victim has 180 days to file a complaint with the EEOC.
If you have experienced sexual harassment in any form in the workplace, you should contact a qualified employment attorney. You need to contact one as soon as possible. You have only 6 months from the incident to file a claim. If the harassment has not stopped after making a formal complaint with your employer, consulting a harassment lawyer is your best option. Your attorney will be able to provide further guidance, help you file a claim with the EEOC, and help you build a case that will put an end to what you have experienced