It seems hard to believe that anyone should put up with sexual harassment in this day and age. In the state of Alaska there’s a landmark case dating back to 2008, when a local company was found guilty of unlawful discrimination of a female employee. The lady in question was routinely assigned the most difficult jobs and was excluded from men-only office meetings. Had she responded to her manager’s sexual advances, she would have had a much easier life. But she didn’t. And when she couldn’t take it any more she took them to court and won.
That was 2008. If it was possible then, imagine how much easier it is now. All you need to do is reach out to a lawyer specializing in employment and sexual harassment cases. Your rights are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as under the Alaska Human Rights Law, according to which any type of sexual harassment constitutes an act of discrimination.
When you contact an Alaska sexual harassment lawyer, the first thing they’ll do is listen to all the facts to understand if you do have a case. It’s not that they don’t believe you or sympathize with your plight. They do, as they’ve seen others in the same predicament. It’s a question of knowing if you have a case that will stand in court. They will help you build a case, you don’t need to worry about that.
In order to file a lawsuit you need to go through all the legal steps. In sexual harassment cases, for instance, victims are required to complain to their managers before taking legal action.
What does this mean? Basically, if you’re subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace you need to lodge a complaint with the HR or any person designated to hear such problems. According to the law, Alaska businesses are required to have strict anti-harassment policies. If there’s no one within the organization you can complain to, you have no other option than to contact sexual harassment lawyers in your area. And the fact that you had no one to complain to will make the company look very bad in court.
At the same time, your attorneys might advise you to file a complaint with the Alaska Human Rights Commission, prior to launching a lawsuit.
Obviously, you will need proof. If your supervisor or manager ever requested sexual favors from you, you should try to have that on tape or, failing that, you should bring in people who could testify to that.
The same goes for workplace sexual harassment consisting of sexually-charged jokes or comments, inappropriate touches, lewd emails etc. Keep every scrap of evidence and bring it at the first meeting with your chosen employment lawyers.
Once your lawyers feel that you have enough proof they’ll guide you through the legal process. With the help of a good attorney you can win punitive damages for all that you’ve suffered.