A coworker made a foul proposition in an event or meeting that your team has been working on. Well, it is not the first time a coworker made you uneasy with sexual offers and bad behavior at the workplace. But you really like your company and the job position you hold. It also fears you that making waves about the coworker will come back and haunt your career for life. Here comes the question of whether you should contact a lawyer or not.
Austin sexual harassment attorney can help if you face sexual harassment at the workplace.
How does a lawyer help in handling sexual harassment cases at the workplace?
When you face sexual harassment at work, you will have lots of questions in your mind which need to be answered before you decide anything. Among those questions are:
- How should I react to the harasser?
- Should I report the incident?
- Was it even sexual harassment?
- Are there any steps that I can take to protect myself?
- What should I do to prevent my employer from retaliating against me?
These are the few questions that your lawyer can help you with.
Even if you face sexual harassment, you should take steps to protect your rights. Employers’ policy states that you can report the incident to the human resources or other high managerial employees in order to hold the harasser responsible for their actions. Your lawyer will help you determine the right HR or employee to whom you should report the case. Your lawyer will also work on outlining your description of the harassing conduct. In this way, if you speak with HR or report the incident, you will be confident to tell the relevant information calmly and clearly.
The law can investigate any complaints against the employer of sexual harassment. Your employer cannot take steps against the investigation that can negatively affect your employment. Your lawyer will keep an eye on the investigation to ensure that the employer is proceeding with the law.
Discussing filing charges
Your lawyer will describe the measures you can take to challenge sexual harassment. It includes filing a charge of discrimination against the employer with the anti-discrimination agency. Your lawyer will tell you the advantages and disadvantages of doing so and the pros and cons of filing a lawsuit against the harasser if you are not satisfied with the response to the complaint of sexual harassment.