Houston Sexual Harassment Attorneys

You have the right to a harassment free work environment, and your employer has the responsibility to provide it. But all too often employees experience harassment at work, most commonly sexual harassment.

If you’ve experienced sexual harassment at work, you may have the right to file a lawsuit. It all depends on how the situation was handled by the victim and the employer. Consult with a Houston Sexual Harassment lawyer in Houston today.

What is Sexual Harassment?

The legal definition of sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that tends to create a hostile or offensive work environment.

It is considered sexual harassment when:

  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individuals
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment (29 C.F.R. § 1604.11 [1980])

What to Do if You Are Facing Sexual Harassment at Work

The way the victim and their employer handle workplace sexual harassment affects whether or not you can even bring a claim and what the outcome may be. Here’s what you should do if you are being sexually harassed at work:

  1. Confront the offender. The first step is to inform the offender that you do not like their behavior toward you and that it needs to stop. It is very important that you make it clear that their advances are unwelcome.
  2. Report it to your employer. Refer to your employee handbook or ask your human resources department how to file a harassment complaint. Submit a formal complaint so that your employer is aware of the harassment. It is their responsibility to handle it appropriately from that point forward.
  3. Submit an Employment Discrimination Complaint. The Texas Workforce Commission requires that you submit an employment discrimination complaint before you can file a lawsuit against the offender or your employer. The TWC will investigate your complaint.
  4. Contact Feldman & Feldman. Consult with a sexual assault lawyer in Houston who can review your case and help you file a lawsuit if that is in your best interest.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sexual Harassment Lawsuits

 Can I be fired for reporting or seeking justice for sexual harassment?

No, it is unlawful for your employer to terminate your employment because you reported sexual harassment or filed a lawsuit. The legal term for that is retaliation, and it is against the law. Too many sexual harassment cases go unreported out of fear.

How can I be sure what I’m experiencing is harassment?

Many victims of sexual harassment do not report it because they are not sure the behavior is considered harassment. Refer to the above legal definition of sexual harassment or consult with a lawyer. If you have to question the behavior or it makes you uncomfortable, it is most likely inappropriate.

Is it still harassment if it occurs away from the workplace?

Sexual harassment by a coworker or superior is still illegal if it happens outside of the workplace. For example, if you go out for drinks after work and a coworker or a manager harasses you, that can negatively affect the environment in the workplace and it is still considered sexual harassment.

Houston Sexual Harassment Lawyers

If you’re the victim of sexual harassment, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Take the necessary steps to put a stop to the harassment. Contact us today to discuss your legal options.