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Have you been the victim of unwanted sexual advances or comments at work? If so, you don’t have to suffer the indignity and discomfort of a hostile work environment without taking action. A sexual harassment lawyer at Harman Law is here to help put an end to this unacceptable treatment, and we’re ready to put our experience and resources to work for you. Contact us now, and get the justice you deserve.
Sexual Harassment At Work
Sexual harassment is an unfortunately common occurrence in offices and professional settings across the United States, including in the state of North Carolina. In fact, a 2017 survey from CNBC found that one-fifth of American adults have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work, including 27% of all women. Along with feeling violated and used, you may be facing repercussions for denying these advancements or speaking up, which can make it incredibly difficult to be productive and enjoy your job.
North Carolina employees are legally protected from having to live with a hostile or abusive work environment because of inappropriate conduct or unwelcome sexual advances from co-workers, managers, and other superiors. From unwanted physical contact to off-color jokes and requests for sexual favors, these actions are repulsive and shouldn’t be tolerated in the workplace. At Harman Law, we have the experience and the dedication to help you take legal action and hold these individuals responsible. To learn more about your legal rights and options and determine your best course of action, contact Harman Law today to schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual harassment, it can be a frustrating, degrading, and scary time in your life. One of the most striking stats surround sexual harassment in the workplace is that an estimated 75% of incidents go unreported. Whether due to ignorance about what constitutes harassment or fear of retaliation, many victims fail to take action and hold perpetrators responsible. And while there are a number of actions that clearly cross the line, not every offensive comment qualifies as sexual harassment under the law.
By consulting with a sexual harassment lawyer, you can discuss the details of your case to determine if you have legal options against your coworker or manager and have someone on your side through every step of the lawsuit. From making sure you follow proper company protocol of reporting the incident to HR to gathering witness statements and evidence, a sexual harassment lawyer at Harman Law will strengthen every aspect of your case to give you the best chance of winning your claim.
Why Choose Harman Law?
At Harman Law, we treat our clients with the respect they deserve as people and members of our community. First and foremost, we promise to listen to you, to hear your stories, and to treat your case with the care and compassion it deserves as you struggle to accept this reality. The workplace should be a healthy environment where you can create, advance your career, and forge healthy relationships with coworkers; and when it isn’t, you deserve to be able to hold the responsible parties accountable for their despicable actions.
Our legal team has decades of experience handling sexual harassment cases, and we will do everything in our power to hold these irresponsible people liable for what they have done. We routinely meet with people just like you, have heard their heartbreaking stories of sexual harassment, and helped them forge a legal strategy to hold individuals and employers responsible.
Types of Sexual Harassment Cases We Handle
There are a number of examples of hostile and inappropriate behavior in the workplace that could constitute sexual harassment. If you feel you are being harassed or are working in a toxic and hostile work environment, speak to your supervisor or someone in your Human Resources department as soon as possible. If they or your employer refuse to believe you or take action, you can then work with a sexual harassment lawyer to take legal action and pursue remedies against your harasser or employer. Some common examples of workplace conduct that is prohibited include the following:
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Repeatedly hitting on a coworker or asking him or her on a date after being turned down or the person has asked you to stop
- Asking for sexual favors
- Any verbal or physical conduct that is sexual in nature
- The pressure to participate in sexual activities to keep your job
- Repeatedly being subjected to inappropriate jokes
- Inappropriate touching
- Inappropriate compliments that are sexual in nature
- Exposure to pornography against your will
- Holding workplace functions at inappropriate locations, such as strip clubs
- Threats of retaliation for whistleblowing or complaining about sexual harassment
- Asking private questions about a coworker’s dating or sex life
- Workplace stalking or repeatedly calling, texting, and other forms of communication
Sexual harassment typically falls into two categories. The first is a tangible action called quid pro quo, where an individual in a managerial role pressures someone to participate in sex or actions that are sexual in nature to keep their job or receive a promotion. The second category is known as a hostile work environment, and it covers unwelcome actions from anyone at the company that make you feel uncomfortable. If you have experienced any of the above, it’s important that you first take action in your office and follow your company’s anti-harassment complaint procedures.