If you or a loved one has been subjected to sexual harassment of any kind, you should contact an experienced sexual harassment lawyer as soon as possible. Your rights have been breached, and you deserve to hold your harassers accountable for the harm they have caused you.
Victims of sexual harassment are coming forward and asking for help, more so now than ever. These egregious acts can take place at work, at church, and in medical settings. Most often, the perpetrator is in a position of trust and power, which allows the perpetrator to take advantage of an unsuspecting victim.
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In the context of the workplace, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines sexual harassment as “[u]nwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature [which] constitute sexual harassment when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.”
Think of this definition in other institutional environments — for example, in a church community when a clergy member or church elder acts inappropriately with an adult or minor parishioner. Medical professionals also have a unique degree of authority when caring for patients, especially during physical examinations or after anesthesia is administered. However, there is a difference between physical contact necessary for treatment and unwanted advances or touching.
It is not uncommon for a survivor of sexual harassment to come forward years later. Whether it’s due to trauma, feelings of embarrassment, or fear of what may happen, you may have several years to pursue the perpetrator. Remedies may be available in claims against both the individual perpetrator and the institution where the harassment took place.
A survivor of sexual harassment might question the value of seeking accountability on the part of the person who wronged them. You might feel like the incident or incidents are in the past and that you’d like to leave them there. It is important to understand that you should never feel pressure to tell your story if you don’t wish to do so. It is our experience that survivors of sexual harassment eventually arrive at a place where they speak out and take legal action to regain control over their situation and to hold those at fault accountable for their actions.
Survivors of sexual harassment sometimes feel as though they are without agency (ability to make a difference) in their personal and professional lives. They have been wronged and, in many instances, left to suffer silently from the actions perpetrated against them. By speaking out against those that wronged them, survivors feel a deserved sense of control over their situation. That sense of empowerment can be incredibly significant for someone who feels marginalized by their harasser.
The person or persons who harassed or exploited you deserve a reckoning for their actions. When a survivor takes the steps needed to hold them accountable for what they have done, they aren’t simply seeking justice for what has occurred. They are also ensuring that others won’t be subjected to similar harassment. People who sexually harass others often have a history of this type of behavior. Standing up to them is one way to ensure their behavior stops.
Survivors of harassment have been forced to deal with many challenges, including emotional suffering, humiliation, and, in some cases, termination from their job or a demotion at work. If you have suffered any of these consequences in conjunction with sexual harassment, you deserve compensation. By taking legal action, you can demand the payment you are entitled to.
If you have been subjected to sexual harassment at work or in any other setting, you should know that you have options to hold your harasser accountable. We encourage you to contact the sexual harassment lawyers at Terry Bryant to learn more about what to do next. Call us today at (713) 973-8888 or fill out our confidential contact form to get started.
When sexually harassed at work, you could be unsure of the steps to take next. It might take time to process what has happened to you. You might replay the incidents in your head to make sense of what has occurred. Once you decide to take action, you should…
Contact local law enforcement if a crime has been committed.
It is best to report any harassment as soon as possible. However, it is understandable if it takes time to process what has happened. Regardless of when the incident occurred, you are entitled to stand up for your rights.
Sexual harassment at work takes many different forms. Harassment can be explicit or implicit. It can be verbal or physical. Some of the most common examples of harassment include…
These are just a few examples of the many ways people perpetrate sexual harassment in the workplace. If you have been subjected to any of these behaviors, or sexual abuse, you deserve justice. It is very likely that the person’s behavior is not an isolated incident. Many survivors of sexual harassment believe that they are alone in their experiences and that their complaints will not be heard. However, it is important to know that your experiences are real, and the person who wronged you deserves to be held responsible.
Whether others choose to come forward about harassment is beyond your control. If you choose to come forward about sexual harassment in the workplace, know that having an advocate can make the process much easier.
At the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant, we understand how difficult life can be for someone who has been subjected to harassment. Regardless of the setting in which the wrongdoing was committed, you deserve to be heard, to have your harassers held accountable and to be given compensation for the losses you have experienced.
When you hire our sexual harassment lawyers, you can be sure we will stand up for your rights. We believe that anyone who has taken advantage of someone or acted inappropriately deserves to be held responsible for what they have done. We offer you our empathy and understanding, and we pledge to do everything in our firm’s power to make sure you get the justice you are entitled to.
Contact the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant today to speak to our compassionate sexual harassment attorneys in Houston. Call us at (713) 973-8888 or fill out our online contact form to put us to work on your behalf.