When most people hear “sexual harassment,” they often picture the relatively harmless offense of a little boy pulling a girl’s pigtails. While inappropriate, it does not incite the range of emotions that harassment does in adults. In reality, sexual harassment involves a greater criminal offense. It can also be brought in civil court and may result in significant compensation with the right sexual harassment lawyer in Dallas. Victims of harassment often suffer severe emotional trauma and physical injuries, depending on the level of harassment.
Sexual Harassment in Texas
Sexual harassment often occurs in a workplace environment and is vastly under-reported. Victims often feel they cannot bring a claim because of the consequences it could have on their reputation and career. However, it is important to remember that harassment is not allowed. Harassment that is sexual is both a criminal and civil offense; if you were a victim, chances are there are many others.
Sexual harassment includes the following forms of behavior:
- Inappropriate touching
- Engaging in an inappropriate conversation
- Gesturing provocatively
- Promising job advancement in return for sexual favors
Claims of sex harassment often turn on the injuries received by the victim, which are largely financial. If you believe you were fired from your job due to your unwillingness to participate in inappropriate conversation or activity with your supervisor or coworkers, you may be able to make a claim. Victims often report inappropriate activity to a supervisor, which is then ignored. Any form of written complaints about how you were harassed sexually will be extremely helpful in setting up a sexual harassment case.
Being sexually harassed often disrupts your work environment. It can cause you to leave your job rather than face the continued unwanted behavior. Other employers give an unwilling employee the option of participating in continued harassment or receiving a demotion. This behavior is unacceptable, and any employer who acts this way should be held accountable for their actions. Any physical, emotional, or financial injury you receive due to being harassed should be compensated by the responsible party.
Contact Us Today
If you have been the victim of harassment, do not be afraid to speak to our attorney at The Benton Law Firm about the incident. Our Dallas sexual harassment lawyers have years of experience handling all kinds of harassment claims and understand that most victims are often hesitant to bring claims due to possible repercussions. Most sexual harassment claims involve inappropriate workplace behavior, but others can occur within a group of friends or family members. It is important to claim to prevent this behavior from continuing and to receive compensation for any injuries you may receive.
Contact our Dallas offices at (214) 777-7777 today for your initial free consultation, where we will begin to examine your case and determine the best strategy to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.