Are your workmates always making sexually-charged jokes when you walk into the room? Do they make obscene gestures or sounds? Are you afraid of taking the elevator with a male colleague? If you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions, you might have a sexual harassment case and you shouldn’t waste any more time before finding a lawyer.
There are two types of sexual harassment cases a lawyer can help you with. If a supervisor or manager is pressing you for sexual favors, that’s a quid pro quo case when you’re threatened with firing or certain benefits are withheld until you give in. Many women faced with a difficult financial situation end up giving in. Don’t be one of them! This is a clear case of unlawful discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you live in Arizona, there’s also the Arizona Human Rights Act that protects you against sexual harassment. The Act was recently amended to protect pregnant employees which have to face a totally changed attitude on the part of their managers once they hear the news. A pregnant woman is often seen as a useless employee since she’ll probably ask for maternity leave.
No matter what kind of discriminatory treatment you’re subjected to, good Arizona sexual harassment lawyers can help you fight for your rights.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also protects employees who have to deal with a hostile work environment. There’s plenty of ways a woman can be humiliated in the workplace. It doesn’t have to be an explicit harassing request, an insensitive comment of a sexual nature can hurt just as much. If your male colleagues have fun sending you lewd messages or suggestive pics, don’t run out of the room mortified. Don’t hide in the bathroom and cry. That’s exactly what they’re waiting for you to do. A smart woman will take screenshots and save any such humiliating materials and present them to seasoned sexual harassment lawyers.
However, before reaching out to an attorney you should try to complain to your boss. It’s only fair to give them the opportunity to address the situation and put an end to it. Obviously, this only works when your boss if unaware of the sexual harassment you’re subjected to. If they’re in on it and share a good laugh with the rest of the guys, your complaining won’t do anything.
Experienced employment lawyers will guide you through the legal process. In many cases, they’ll advise you to lodge a formal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Arizona Civil Rights Division. With the help of a good attorney, any of the two bodies can initiate a mediation between you and your employer. It’s less expensive than full-blown litigation and a successful agreement can be reached much quicker than a lawsuit. However, if this is not possible, your attorneys will take your employer to court and we’ll see who has the last laugh.