Sexual harassment in the workplace is just one type of behavior that creates a hostile work environment. Federal and state laws protect employees of both sexes from such behavior. If you believe you are being sexually harassed at work, it may be time to take action to defend your rights. With the help of an experienced sexual harassment lawyer in Virginia Beach, you can take steps toward creating a more professional environment in the workplace.
Per the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment is a type of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Unwanted sexual attention such as sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical conduct that is sexual in nature is strictly forbidden in the workplace. These actions create an offensive environment that can have a lasting impact on employees, affecting their emotional state as well as their work performance.
Sometimes, sexual harassment occurs between coworkers. At other times, the harasser is the victim’s supervisor or a supervisor who works in a different department. This makes it difficult for many employees to come forward, fearing retaliation from their employer. Victims of sexual harassment who choose to take legal action against their employers may fear losing their jobs and benefits. Even after speaking with their harassers first, victims of harassment often continue to experience a hostile work environment.
Whether you are receiving explicit and unwanted photographs from your supervisor or coworker or constantly hear offensive sexual jokes, these acts may be grounds for a sexual harassment case. If you are being targeted for unwelcome sexual advancements and conduct in the workplace, you may benefit from the aid of a knowledgeable sexual harassment attorney who stands up for the rights of harassment victims. With the help of a lawyer, it may be possible to receive restitution and stop unwanted sexual attention.
At Bertini Law, we understand the hardships you face and the difficulties associated with deciding to file a claim. Attorneys Lisa Bertini and Andrea Ruege take your case to heart and make protecting your rights their personal business. We are a boutique law firm in Virginia Beach that seeks to rectify employer wrongdoings. In addition, we help companies including medical and legal practices enact policies that promote inclusive environments. From our experiences working with clients on both sides of the law, we have an advantage when it comes to representing you in your sexual harassment case. Call (757) 222-9165 for a legal consultation.