Any form of unwelcome or non-consensual sexual acts, comments, or behaviors may constitute sexual harassment. Although sexual harassment and assaults fall into the category of criminal wrongdoing, many victims file civil lawsuits to obtain monetary compensation for the physical, mental, and/or emotional harm they suffered from the incident. If you’re considering filing a sexual harassment claim, you should seek strong and aggressive legal representation from Powers Injury Law. You need a team of attorneys who will relentlessly argue your case in the name of justice.
Types of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment can come in many forms. Some involve physical touching, while others are in words, looks, or gestures. At Powers Injury Law, we’ve seen many sexual harassment cases pertain to the work environment – where coworkers and/or those in positions of power subject victims to crude language, unwelcome sexual advances, and offensive gender-related comments. Men and women can be victims of sexual harassment, but women face this harm at a higher rate than their male counterparts. Common types of sexual harassment lawsuits involve:
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Inappropriate touching
- Requests for sexual favors
- Someone in a position of power using sexual favors as threats or blackmail
- Hiring, firing, or promotion decisions based on sexual favors
- Offensive sexual comments or jokes
- Inappropriate or unwelcome discussions about sex
- The display of sexual imagery or objects
- Sexual innuendos or obscene gestures
- Pervasive speech or conduct that creates a hostile work environment
Hostile work environments are those that are intimidating or offensive due to sexual harassment or unwanted sexual jokes, related discussions, and/or sexually oriented materials around the office. If this conduct unreasonably interferes with the employee’s performance at work, it is a hostile work environment. Sexual harassment victims and perpetrators do not have to be of the opposite sex, nor does the victim have to be the direct target of inappropriate conduct in the workplace. The person filing the claim can be anyone the offensive conduct, words, or behaviors affected.
Anyone can become a victim of sexual harassment at any time, regardless of gender, race, age, or station in life. Every type of sexual harassment can inflict several forms of damage on the victim, including harm to one’s reputation, lost wages, and missed work opportunities, as well as psychological consequences like nightmares, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, feelings of guilt or shame, and even suicide. If you’ve been the victim of any form of sexual harassment, contact us right away for a consultation.
Don’t Wait – Seek Legal Counsel Today
A civil lawsuit for sexual harassment is the only way you can receive compensation for your physical, psychological, and/or financial damages. It can give you the closure and peace of mind you need to finally move on from a traumatic incident, or at least reach a place where you can focus on healing. The team at Powers Injury Law wants to help you break the cycle of harassment at your workplace or elsewhere, shedding light on dark places and letting victims know they aren’t alone in the fight.
Sexual harassment at work or anywhere else is an intolerable harm that you should not suffer through alone. Jessica Powers is passionate about helping victims of sexual harassment, empathetic to her clients’ plights, and fierce inside and out of the courtroom. Let her take the weight off your shoulders and take real steps toward justice on your behalf. Schedule a free consultation and speak with Jessica or her caring support staff about the details of what happened to you or a loved one. We’ll give you our honest professional advice, and list your options. To take the first step, call (205) 582-2723 today.