Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – What To Do

Are you dealing with workplace discrimination? Florida has strict laws prohibiting sexual harassment at work (amongst other forms of harassment that create a hostile work environment.) Many victims of workplace sexual harassment are afraid to speak up and take action because they’re scared of getting fired or making a difficult situation even worse.

But our Orlando, Florida lawyers are here to assist. The world-class team of labor and employment attorneys with the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. can help you take action, from reporting your case to the appropriate authorities, to filing a sexual discrimination lawsuit and pursuing any other avenues that are required to help you find justice.

Workplace harassment — especially sexual harassment — can make for a very uncomfortable environment, with many victims suffering serious emotional distress. Our legal team will work hard to get you the justice you deserve!

If you require help with a workplace sexual harassment case, contact the experienced attorneys with the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. We’re here to discuss your case in a confidential, no-cost consultation session. Just call 407-422-2188.

A Look at Some of the Most Common Questions for Our Sexual Harassment Lawyers

The Orlando lawyers with the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. receive lots of inquiries from individuals who are facing harassment at work, including sexual harassment and discrimination. Our legal team has compiled some information on a few of the most common inquiries that we address on this topic.

What is the Definition of Sexual Harassment in Florida?

In Florida, sexual persecution is covered under the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992. The law is designed to protect individuals from being victimized by a supervisor, co-worker, employee and even a client or customer.

Sexual harassment in the workplace takes many different forms, including:

  • sexual advances;
  • physical touching and groping;
  • requests for sexual favors;
  • insults or sexual remarks about a person’s physical appearance;
  • jokes or remarks with sexual undertones; and
  • embarrassment and humiliation due to gender non-conformity.

Sexual harassment can include touching, gestures, verbal remarks, or written remarks in an email, text message, document or written note.

What Should I Do if I’m the Victim of Sexual Harassment at Work?

If you are the victim of workplace sexual persecution, it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to begin the process for filing a sexual harassment claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR). It’s also wise to retain any evidence of the harassment (i.e. emails, voicemails, documents, etc.) and make note of anyone who witnessed the harassment.

What is the Process for Filing a Workplace Sexual Harassment Claim?

Sexual Harassment at WorkIn Florida, the EEOC complaint must be filed within 300 days of the alleged act of workplace harassment; the EEOC then has 180 days to conduct an investigation into the complaint. From there, the process will vary depending upon the EEOC’s findings. Mediation may be offered as an option. In other cases, the EEOC may opt to pursue the matter in court or the charge may be dismissed and a “right to sue” document issued to the victim who has 90 days to take legal action.

On the state level, sexual harassment victims may file a complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations within 365 days of the most recent act of harassment. In these cases, the alleged harasser will receive a notification of the complaint within five days; that party has 25 days to issue a response.

An investigation will ensue. The FCHR has 180 days to investigate the workplace harassment case. If it’s determined that reasonable cause exists, a “right to sue” letter will be issued. The victim has one year to file a sexual harassment lawsuit in an attempt to seek damages. The victim can also opt to resolve the matter via an administrative hearing.

Due to the complex nature of this type of case, it’s essential that you turn to an experienced workplace discrimination and sexual harassment lawyer to handle your case.

What Kind of Damages Am I Entitled to Receive?

A victim of sexual intimidation at work can seek damages including compensation for emotional pain and suffering, embarrassment, financial losses, legal fees, and mental, emotional and psychological distress. The victim can also seek compensation for any mental health services that were required as a result of the harassment.

Punitive damages (that is, damages intended to penalize the other party) can also be awarded in some instances.

Do You Work Only with Sexual Harassment Victims?

In addition to working with victims of sexual harassment at work, our employment lawyers also offer legal advice to businesses. A company is required to implement anti-sexual harassment policies, enforce those policies and address reported violations involving the company’s employees. But many business owners are unfamiliar with the legalities surrounding workplace harassment, so this is where our legal team can help.

Our sexual harassment attorneys can assist with everything from drafting a policy for your company, to providing legal advice on how to handle reports of workplace harassment in an appropriate manner.

Our Orlando Sexual Harassment Attorneys Are Ready to Handle Your Case

Sexual Harassment at WorkSexual harassment at work is a form of discrimination and harassment. It can be extremely distressing to the victim, causing serious emotional distress and even financial issues if the victim is driven to leave their job due to a hostile work environment. But state and federal law protects you from this type of harassment in the workplace.

An experienced Orlando sexual harassment lawyer with the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. is here to assist with your legal claim and other employment law-related issues. We are familiar with the unique processes used to deal with this sort of claim, making us well-equipped to represent you and your interests.

Our legal team can assist with a variety of cases in addition to sexual harassment. Our law firm can handle everything from wrongful termination cases and wage disputes, to medical malpractice, personal injury claims, wrongful death cases, violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and employer discrimination on the basis of gender, age, pregnancy or medical condition, disability, religion, race, national origin or another attribute.

At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., we believe in a “clients first” approach, designed to simplify your legal dealings, while also reducing any stress that you may experience as you pursue litigation and seek a settlement for your losses. But as mentioned above, the law places a limit on how long you have to file a legal claim in some. So if you have been a victim of sexual harassment at work, it’s essential that you contact our team as soon as possible to discuss your case.

Contact the Orlando employment and sexual harassment attorneys with the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. to get a free, confidential case consultation. Call our Central Florida lawyers at 407-422-2188.