Illinois & Missouri Employment Law – Sexual Harassment
Do you feel unsafe at work because of unwanted sexual advances from coworkers or superiors? At Brunton Law, we provide legal advice on employment law for people throughout the Metro East that suffer in sexually hostile work environments. Whether it’s uncomfortable comments from a co-worker or quid pro quo involving your supervisor(s), Brunton Law Office works tirelessly to bring justice to those that have been influenced by unfair and unwanted sexual advances in the workplace.
What Constitutes Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other sexual conduct for the purpose of influencing employment decisions, or creating a hostile or intimidating workplace. Sexual harassment laws apply to all people and all workplaces – from the person that cleans the floors all the way up to the owner. If you feel unsafe at work because of unwelcome sexual conduct, don’t wait to call. Contact Brunton for an honest evaluation of your case. Remember – you must file your claim within 180 days of the incident.
Types of Sexual Harassment
Quid Pro Quo Harassment – this type of sexual harassment pertains to employees and their supervisors. Quid pro quo involves the exchange of sexual favors for some sort of advancement in the workplace including working hours, benefits, raises and other employment privileges.
Hostile Environment Harassment – This type of sexual harassment covers all over unwanted sexual behavior that may occur in the workplace. Anybody in the workplace can contribute to creating a hostile work environment, and this may include any and all sexual advances, sexual comments, sexual behaviors, sexual images, sexual language or unwanted touching or fondling that occurs on a regular basis.
Possible Damages for Sexual Harassment Claims
When it comes to damages for sexual harassment claims, there are multiple types of damages that may be pursued to compensate the victim. Brunton Law may be able to recover damages that include:
• Recovery of Attorney Costs & Legal Fees
• Punitive Damages from Harasser and/or the Company
• Compensation for Physical or Emotional Injuries/Distress
• Lost Wages
• Job-Related Losses
• Legal Orders to End Harassment
What to do if You are Sexually Harassed
If you’re enduring unwanted sexual advances, language, touching or other forms of harassment, the worst thing you can do is stay silent. You shouldn’t have to go to work in a hostile environment or an exploitative environment. When you experience sexual harassment, you should do your best to document any incidents and examples. Additionally, you must notify your employer and allow them the opportunity to address and resolve the matter. If your claims go unheard, the next step is to file a sexual harassment claim with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). Finally, while hiring an attorney is not required, you may want to retain a lawyer to help you navigate these difficult legal topics.
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