Irving, TX – Many workers throughout the state of Texas and the rest of the United States become victims of sexual harassment each year. Anyone who wants to preserve their rights, hold the relevant person or business responsible, and file a lawsuit should take a few important steps to aid their chances of success in any legal action.
Notify the person responsible and the employer
As soon as possible after an incident or repeated unwanted advances, the victim should tell the perpetrator and their employer. This will help create some kind of formal record with the workplace, and the person or people responsible will be put on notice that their actions are unwelcome. Waiting to give notice may allow the behavior to continue for longer than necessary.
Find any related evidence
Workplace harassment may be captured through emails, text messages, video surveillance, and witness testimony. The victim should see if they can obtain any of this evidence on their own, or keep it if they already have access. Hard evidence of sexual harassment is important, as cases involving only verbal accusations are much less likely to succeed if there is any formal legal action taken.
Contact human resources and review their sexual harassment policy
Almost all employers should have some kind of written harassment policy. This outlines what kind of behavior is prohibited and may also provide information about how claims from victims are investigated. Knowing the policy is also important to show that the person or individuals responsible have already been informed that their inappropriate behavior is not supposed to take place. Most employers who take allegations of harassment seriously should start their own investigation to confirm whether the harassment happened and hold any relevant individuals accountable. The human resources workers may be able to stop any problematic behavior before escalation is necessary.
Taking formal legal action
There is a process for sexual harassment lawsuits where the relevant employment commission or labor board needs to be contacted first based on the worker’s location and type of employer. After the board is notified, they may start their own investigation and give the victim a right to sue letter at a later time. Labor boards are given authority to discipline or sanction employers. The victim can also contact their own lawyer and get help with this process before a lawsuit is filed.
Help from labor attorneys in Texas
Moore and Associates is a labor law firm that focuses on helping local clients in Irving who have become victims of sexual harassment. Their lawyers can provide advice and representation throughout the process of a lawsuit and all related issues.
Firm contact info:
440 Louisiana Street, Suite 675, Houston, TX 77002