Sexual Harassment Employer Liability
In 2017, close to 13,000 Americans filed sexual harassment complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). There are different forms of sexual harassment. Sometimes, this creates a hostile work environment when there is severe and ongoing sexually offensive behavior. There are different liability rules, but federal, state, and municipal laws clearly prohibit harassment based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Those Responsible for Sexual Harassment
An employer has a responsibility to hold other co-workers or supervisors liable for their actions, involvement, and behavior associated with sexual harassment. It is against the law to ignore the situation or fail to stop it. Even the president of the company could be liable for an employee’s harassment.
Other individuals are:
- Immediate supervisors
- Other supervisors
Sexual harassment victims could receive a variety of compensation and remedies. These include:
- Economic Damages: compensation for lost wages, future wages, or other related expenses
- Equitable Relief: remedies that help recover from the harassment (including job reinstatement)
- Compensatory Damages: compensation for your pain and suffering
- Punitive Damages: compensation meant to punish your employer for the harassment
Compensatory and punitive damages are only permitted if there is evidence of willful or intentional violations. Damages are calculated on a case-by-case basis. The value of your claim will depend on its individual facts.
Hostile Work Environment Attorney
If you have experienced sexual harassment in any form in the workplace, you should contact a qualified employment attorney as soon as possible. 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.