Although it may seem disturbing, but sexual harassment does happen often at workplaces. It may feel even scarier when you are the one who is being sexually harassed and you don’t know what to do. Generally, employers are hesitant and fearful of losing their position or moving up in the business if they file a sexual harassment complaint, however, an employer may not retaliate like this as it is an employment law violation. Maduff & Maduff is here to help you through the process of filing a sexual harassment complaint whether it is a co-worker or employer.
Here are the steps of filing a sexual harassment complaint:
Consult with an employment law attorney: The first step is the most crucial action you should take. Discussing the harassment and your concerns will help your attorney determine the best course of action to take.
Document the harassment: You want to ensure you have properly documented any evidence you may have. Keeping the dates and approximate times in a journal will help build the foundation if the complaint were to go to court. In addition, it is essential to keep the journal confidental by writing “Privileged & Confidential, Prepared for Legal Counsel” on the top of the page. It is critical to have your claim written down in words as it will be important for trial in helping your case.
Report the harassment: The final step you should take is reporting the incident to an apporatire employer (stated in employment handbook). Granted by law, employers are given a chance to rectify the situation and if they do not take proper action, this is where you would further your case.
For more information on how to file a sexual harassment complaint or to learn more about how we can support you through your employment law issues, contact Maduff & Maduff today.