Although record numbers of American women have joined the workforce during the past fifty years, far too many of them are still being sexually harassed. In fact, roughly 7,200 new charges of sexual harassment are filed each year (only 17% of which are filed by males).
All of these victims are entitled to justice and most hope their cases will help curb this epidemic. During recent years, it’s been estimated that about one-fourth of all women have been sexually harassed at work. Far too many have also been assaulted on the job – and some even partially blamed for the horrific offenses committed against them.
This creates a terrible burden on women who must not only birth all children – they must also often join the full-time workforce — because so many American couples cannot afford to live on just one spouse’s paycheck, especially when children are involved.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Definition of Sexual Harassment
Everyone seeking to file a federal lawsuit alleging sexual harassment (under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) must first file an EEOC claim. However, the time period in which to file an EEOC claim is extremely short. If one misses the deadline, all further claims are barred.Therefore, it’s important to review how this agency defines this type of abuse. The EEOC says, “It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include ‘sexual harassment’ or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.”
Critical Facts, Theories, and Statistics: Sexual Harassment of Women in the Workplace
- Identity of the harasser. This can be your own supervisor, one from a different area, an employer’s agent, a co-worker – or even a non-employee;
- Legally forbidden behaviors. This can include being asked for sexual favors, being physically touched in an unwanted (sexual) way, or other types of unsolicited sexual advances;
- Hostile or offensive work environment. If you are forced to endure any of these types of behaviors and they “unreasonably interfere with your work performance or create an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, then . . . [they may constitute] sexual harassment;”
- Lower-wage females especially vulnerable. The less a woman earns on the job, the more likely she is supervised in a way that may weaken her opportunities to report or file a successful EEOC claim for sexual harassment;
- A number of workplace experts see declining judicial support for women who file sexual harassment claims. Some recent U. S. Supreme Court decisions imply that “big business” receives sympathetic help from the courts;
- Too many employers fail to provide effective training that forbids sexual harassment. Not only does this greatly increase the likelihood of harassment – it also subjects these employers to more successful plaintiff lawsuits. Igonorance is not bliss. In addition to such training, employers need to create “an effective complaint or grievance process and [take] immediate and appropriate action when an employee complains;”
- Women working in the military – as well as in the fields of high-tech and science. Sadly, these hard-working and highly intelligent women face unusually high incidences of both sexual harassment – and assault — due to their special talents and unique jobs once largely held by men;
How Our Office Helps Women Seeking to File Sexual Harassment Lawsuits
One of our attorneys will meet with you in a free, initial consultation and listen confidentially as you discuss the facts of your case. If necessary, we can help you prepare your EEOC filing, fully investigate your case, and then file your lawsuit in the appropriate federal court.
We always provide our services in as sensitive a manner as possible and understand the type of trauma most women experience regarding sexual harassment. Our firm will also explain to you how different stages of your case will most likely unfold while we prepare your case for trial. You can rest assured that we will do everything we can to succeed on your behalf.