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Sexual Harassment



Sexual Harassment Attorney Represents Aggrieved Employees

Protecting clients from unfair treatment in the workplace

Sexual harassment is an assault on a person’s dignity and worth. It can be emotionally scarring and even physically debilitating. Despite efforts to eliminate sexual harassment from the workplace, offending behavior continues. Fortunately, victims can seek recourse through the law. If you believe you have been a victim of sexual harassment, the Lebowitz Law Firm is here to help.

Understanding sexual harassment and the law

Sexual harassment is recognized as a form of discrimination outlawed by federal, state, and even local law. It exists when unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature are linked to employment or career advancement, or simply make one’s job intolerable.

  • Quid pro quo: The first and most overt type of sexual harassment exists when a person’s employment or career advancement actually depends upon submission to a superior’s sexual overtures. This quid pro quo (this for that) exchange can be explicitly stated or merely implied by the overall circumstances.
  • Hostile work environment: This type of sexual harassment is found in workplaces where unwanted sexual conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. When a worker hates being on the job because of the sexual conduct she or he must see, hear, or suffer, she or he may very well have a case for sexual harassment.
  • Same-sex sexual harassment: Sexual harassment does not have to be between members of opposite sex. Cases of same-sex harassment can also be pursued under the law.

Remedies to compensate and restore victims

Victims who prove sexual harassment may collect monetary damages, including:

  • Back pay — wages, salary, and fringe benefits that the victim would have received from the point at which she or he was denied employment or promotion up to the date of the trial
  • Compensatory damages — payment for emotional distress, pain and suffering, mental anguish, etc.
  • Attorney’s Fees — at the court’s discretion, you may be able to recover attorney’s fees
  • Punitive damages — payment in situations where the employer’s behavior was perpetrated with malice towards the victim
  • Front pay — compensation for anticipated future losses in cases where reinstatement is not practical

Injunctive relief, including reinstating a fired employee or ordering the employer to change policies and practices that allowed the harassment to occur, is also available.

Contact a dedicated employment attorney for your sexual harassment claim

If you have been sexually harassed, the Lebowitz Law Firm can help you assert your rights against your employer or former employer. Call our office at 410-730-9010 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.