In recent years, there’s been so much talk on sexual discrimination in the United States, you’d expect no one would still have to endure sexual harassment in the workplace. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of such shameful cases and the only way to put an end to it is that sexual harassment victims fight back. You don’t need to fight alone. You need a good lawyer on your side, someone with years of practice in this area of the law.
If you live and work in Colorado, your rights to a safe work environment are fully protected under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, which specifically prohibits the discrimination of an employee based on their sex or sexual orientation. This Act is commonly used in sexual harassment cases, whether the victim is male or female. In the vast majority of cases, it’s women that are subjected to sexual harassment, but men, straight or gay, can also experience this type of unlawful discrimination.
When you schedule an initial free consultation with experienced Colorado Sexual harassment lawyers, they’ll want to have a look at the facts, to determine if you have a case. Reliving and retelling all the instances when you were ridiculed or harassed can be very painful, but it’s a necessary step if you want to build a strong case.
Experienced employment lawyers with plenty of experience in sexual harassment cases will tell you exactly what you need to do.
First of all you need to establish a timeline. It might be that you were exposed to sexual harassment from the first day you joined the company, but it might also be that all your troubles started when a supervisor or managers got it into his head that you’re in their power and requested sexual favors from you. Recalling when it all started and being able to indicate specific dates you were subjected to any type of sexual harassment will be very helpful in finding witnesses.
It would be very difficult to win a case if it’s just your word against that of your manager, which is why seasoned sexual harassment lawyers will want to talk to any coworker who might be willing to corroborate your story. You need witnesses who can recall specific incidents and can describe both the general mood in the office and your reaction. This is essential as, in most cases, the guilty parties will deny malicious intent, claiming it was just a joke and they apologized when you took offense.
To win a sexual harassment case, you need to prove that was not an innocent joke, nor was it an isolated incident. Ideally, a coworker will testify that it was a pervasive atmosphere of sexual harassment, you were regularly subjected to sexual jokes, inappropriate touching, lewd messages, and so on. They could also talk about your obvious pain and how this type of behavior affected your mental state and your work.
It’s not that hard to find witnesses for such cases as they’re also protected under the law, and your employer certainly knows that. Just as they knew that sexual harassment is unacceptable in today’s workplace, yet did nothing to put an end to it.