Sexual harassment is a pervasive problem that affects thousands of workers in the US. Sexual harassment can interfere with an employee’s ability to work. It can also cause significant emotional distress. In some cases, a worker’s negative response to sexual harassment can lead to adverse employment actions, such as job termination or retaliation. At Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, we represent victims of workplace sexual harassment in Boston. If you have experienced this type of wrongdoing, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free case review. Your employer may owe you compensation.
Workplace sexual harassment can describe any unwanted or unsolicited sexual behaviors, comments, requests or actions at work. If a coworker, supervisor, manager, contractor, client, customer or someone else at work makes you feel uncomfortable or commits a sexual crime against you, contact our lawyers for a free consultation. We can let you know if you have grounds for a lawsuit in Boston after reviewing your case.
The definition of sexual harassment is broad. Dozens of actions and behaviors could constitute sexual harassment in the workplace. The action must have been severe and/or persistent enough to create an offensive or hostile work environment, make the employee feel unsafe, or interfere with his or her ability to work to qualify as harassment. In general, an isolated incident of harassment that is not very serious or simple teasing will not give you grounds to file a harassment suit.
Sexual harassment typically describes a violation of civil law. It may or may not meet the definition of a crime. If someone sexually assaults you at work, you may be able to press criminal charges against that person as well as file a civil claim. Sexual assault can refer to rape, attempted rape, molestation, fondling and unwanted sexual touching. Even if the action does not meet the definition of a crime, you could still have grounds to file a civil claim against the perpetrator or your employer.
A civil lawsuit for workplace sexual harassment seeks to hold an employer liable for the plaintiff’s damages. An employer may be vicariously liable for the actions and misconduct of an employee. Your employer may not face criminal charges, but you could still receive financial compensation through a successful civil claim. Filing a claim against your employer could lead to compensation for damages such as emotional distress, mental anguish, lost wages, lost earning opportunities, legal expenses, court fees, punitive damages and more. Discuss the potential value of your sexual harassment claim with our lawyers today.
At Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, we are passionate about achieving justice for employees in Boston who have experienced sexual harassment. We work hard on behalf of our clients, providing aggressive legal services on cases from start to finish. We can begin with a free consultation with one of our employment attorneys, where you can ask questions about your case and receive honest, straightforward legal advice. Call (617) 391-9001 today to schedule yours. Our lawyers also respond promptly to online consultation requests.