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What to Do if Your Boss Sexually Harasses You?

May 7th, 2024
A Delaware County Sexual Harassment Lawyer at The Gold Law Firm P.C. Will Provide Guidance if You Have Been Harassed

Sexual harassment in the workplace is not only a profound violation of your rights but also a significant impediment to your professional and personal well-being. If you find yourself in the distressing situation of being sexually harassed by your boss, it is crucial to understand that you are not alone and that there are specific steps you can take to protect yourself and hold the harasser accountable.

Recognizing Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment encompasses a range of behaviors, from unwelcome sexual advances and requests for sexual favors to verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. It also includes offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For behavior to be deemed harassment, it must be so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or results in an adverse employment decision, such as the victim being fired or demoted.

Steps to Take Immediately

If you think your boss has crossed a line, there are several things you need to do right away. Most importantly, make sure you are safe and feel comfortable.

Document Everything

Record details of the harassment incidents, including dates, times, locations, what was said or done, and any witnesses present. Documentation will serve as crucial evidence should you pursue a legal case.

Report the Harassment

Inform your employer about the harassment. Check your employee handbook or company policy for the procedure to report such incidents. It is advisable to write the report and keep a copy of your records. This step is critical as it notifies your employer about the misconduct and allows them to address it.

Seek Legal Advice

Contact a legal professional as soon as possible. The Gold Firm P.C. offers guidance on how to proceed with your case. An attorney can help you understand your rights, the validity of your claims, and the potential courses of action available to you.

Pursuing Legal Action

If your employer fails to take appropriate action or the harassment continues, you may consider filing a legal claim. In Philadelphia, employees are protected under federal laws, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state laws, which prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace. Your attorney will guide you through filing a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). These agencies assess your case and determine whether to pursue legal action against the employer.

Your legal representative will advise on collecting additional evidence, preparing for interviews or depositions, and, if necessary, representing you in court. Remember, taking legal action is about seeking justice for yourself and preventing others from being subjected to similar harassment.

Prioritizing your mental and emotional health is vital throughout this challenging process. Seek support from trusted friends, family members, or professional counselors. Remember, confronting sexual harassment is a brave step towards creating a safer and more respectful workplace for everyone.

A Delaware County Sexual Harassment Lawyer at The Gold Law Firm P.C. Will Provide Guidance if You Have Been Harassed

Facing sexual harassment from your boss can be an intimidating experience. However, armed with the correct information and pursuing the appropriate steps, you can protect your rights and seek justice. Speak with a Delaware County sexual harassment lawyer at The Gold Law Firm P.C. today. Call 215-569-1999 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. With offices in Philadelphia and Pennsauken, New Jersey, we serve clients in South Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Northeast Philadelphia, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lehigh County, Montgomery County, and Cherry Hill.

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