If you were the victim of sexual harassment, Cleveland attorney Tom Robenalt, who’s licensed to practice in Ohio and Florida, can help you pursue justice. For the past 20 years, Tom has helped individuals recover from tremendous losses, both physical and emotional. He credits his mom for teaching him that helping others in their time of need inspires hope in our society, and today that hope is needed more than ever. If you have questions about filing a harassment claim, please call 216-223-7535, submit this form, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation.
One U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) definition of sexual harassment is “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature” that “is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment,” interferes with the victim’s work performance, or results in the victim feeling intimidated or being fired or demoted.
Sexual harassment may also be visual, such as the display of sexually suggestive material, the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) said.
Other examples include:
According to Florida law, employers cannot:
Sexual harassment violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As history.com said, this law ended racial segregation in public places, and it prohibited employers from being able to discriminate against applicants and employees due to their race, color, religion, gender, or ethnicity. The law applies to employers, including government agencies, employment agencies, and labor organizations, that employ 15 or more people.
The person doing the harassing may be:
As the OSBA said, a court will consider all factors, including whether:
It’s always wise to file a grievance in writing, but even if victims haven’t done any of these things, they shouldn’t assume they would lose their case against the harasser. Victims should also note that they don’t have to be of the opposite sex, nor do they have to be the person being harassed.
Unfortunately, yes. In 2015, a Cosmopolitan magazine survey of 2,235 full- and part-time female employees revealed that 1 in 3 women has been sexually harassed at work. Eighty-one percent said they were verbally harassed, 44 percent said they were touched or the target of unwanted sexual advances, and 25 percent said they received vulgar emails or text messages.
Seventy-five percent were harassed by male coworkers, 49 percent were harassed by male clients or customers, 38 percent were harassed by male managers, and 10 percent were harassed by female coworkers.
Sixty-four percent of the women who were harassed were between ages 19 and 29. Only 29 percent reported the harassment to their employer.
The following were the most common industries in which sexual harassment took place:
Ohio and Florida laws limit the amount of time sexual harassment victims can file a claim. Contact sexual harassment attorney Tom Robenalt today by calling 216-223-7535, submitting this form, or emailing email@example.com for a free consultation. Together, we’ll build a strong case and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.