Sean A. Casey: experienced labor law attorney helping clients with sexual harassment issues.
Sexual harassment is illegal, and it's important to take action if it happens to you.
A sexual harassment attorney can help you determine what your legal options are.
What Is Sexual Harassment?
Simply put, sexual harassment in the workplace is defined as unwanted sexual advances from one employee to another. Often, the perpetrator of the harassment is a supervisor; however, it can be anyone in the workplace. There are a variety of actions that constitute sexual harassment, including but not limited to:
- Unwanted sexual comments
- Requests for sexual favors
- Sex jokes
- Invitations for sex
- Requirements for sex as a condition of employment
- Unwanted physical touching
“Click here for the US Department of State Sexual Harassment Policy information”
Sexual Harassment Statistics
Approximately 10,000 sexual harassment cases are brought to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) each year. Unfortunately, this number is probably much higher because so many victims suffer in silence. Although victims include both men and women, the EEOC shows that more than 83% of cases are brought by women.
The EEOC also revealed that $52.3 million dollars in damages were received from claims in sexual harassment in 2011. The following statistics break down the results of harassment claims filed.
1. Total Claims Filed: 11,364
2. Percentage of Charges Filed By Males: 16.3%
3. Settlements Made: 1,367 / 10.9%
4. Withdrawals with Benefits: 1,150 / 9.1%
5. Administrative Closures: 2,635 / 21%
6. No Reasonable Cause: 6,658 / 53%
7. Reasonable Cause: 761 / 6.1%
8. Successful Conciliations: 288 / 2.3%
9. Unsuccessful Conciliations: 473 / 3.8%
10. Merit Resolutions: 3,278 / 26.1%
Who Is Protected Against Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?
Everyone who works in a company with more than 15 employees as defined by the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is protected against sexual harassment in the workplace, including:
“Any employee or supervisor has the right to work without being sexually harassed via sexual comments or unwanted physical touching.”
What to Do If You Are Sexually Harassed:
- Report the harassment to your immediate supervisor, or his or her supervisor. However, there are many cases in which reporting the harassment may have additional consequences, particularly if the perpetrator is a supervisor.
- A claim may be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, although the time in which cases are processed can be lengthy.
- Contact an experienced sexual harassment attorney. A skilled attorney can contact your place of employment and discuss the issue at hand, and is more likely to be successful in putting a stop the the harassment. Your lawyer will advise you on the best course of action and how to best proceed with your case.
Sexual harassment attorney in Pittsburgh:
If you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, act now. Sean A. Casey, Esq. is a skilled Pennsylvania employment law attorney who is well-versed in the area of sexual harassment laws.
Attorney Casey can work on your behalf to stop the harassment and protect your rights. Depending on your case, you may be able to obtain compensation for the damages you have incurred as a result of the harassment.