Sexual harassment in the workplace is a highly charged issue. Being subjected to it can make a person’s work intolerable and impact their personal life. If someone is falsely accused of sexual harassment it could mean the end of a career for the alleged harasser and the employer would need to spend limited resources in investigating and litigating a baseless claim.
The Bloom Firm represents both employees and employers involved in sexual harassment claims. We help the victims of this harassment and defend employers from these legal claims. We defend our clients’ rights and work hard to obtain the best possible outcome in the case. Regardless of the status of the matter we are prepared to assist you.
These cases can be difficult to prove. Frequently it’s a “he said she said” situation, but often witnesses can be interviewed; emails, text messages and social media postings could be evidence; video from surveillance cameras may also provide clues to whether alleged incidents happened or not.
State and federal laws prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace. Generally what needs to be shown for a valid case is,
- The complained of conduct must be extreme, severe or pervasive enough to alter the employee’s working conditions (not simple teasing, offhand comments or isolated incidents),
- It must be unwelcome, and
- For the employer to be liable, factors include,
- Who committed the harassment,
- Whether the harassment resulted in a tangible employment action, and
- The employer’s response to the alleged harassment.
If you feel you’ve been subjected to sexual harassment at work, or manage a company where allegations of sexual harassment have been raised, contact The Bloom Firm today. Statutes of limitation apply so employees must not delay taking action and an employer needs to act quickly and take these charges seriously or risks potentially losing legal defenses.