Workplace Sexual Abuse Lawyer in Miami
Nearly 115 Years of Collective Experience
At Stabinski Law, our skilled personal injury attorneys understand how traumatizing it can be to face sexual abuse in the workplace. We firmly believe that everyone, of all backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations, has a right to a harassment-free work environment. Unfortunately, cases of sexual abuse are far from rare. Sexual offenders should be held accountable for their actions, and it is our goal to fight for justice on your behalf and persecute your abuser to the full extent of the law. If you were the victim of workplace sexual abuse or assault, our firm is here to help.
Our legal team has obtained more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, and we want to help you too. Each case we handle is important to us, and we understand how crucial it is to seek justice and compensation for you during this difficult time. Sexual abuse can seem impossible to face under any circumstances, but when the act has occurred in your workplace, it can be especially difficult to cope with. To help you during this trying time, our firm is dedicated to providing you with the comprehensive, step-by-step legal guidance you require.
Call our Miami personal injury lawyers at (305) 643-3100 to get started on your case.
Understanding Your Rights
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers from sexual discrimination in any form. According to this federal law, all employers with at least 15 employees are under federal protection. In addition to federal laws, each state and many local governments also provide additional laws and protections against sexual harassment in the workplace.
Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome or inappropriate sexual advance. This can be as simple as a comment or as inappropriate as an unwanted touch. Any conduct of a sexual nature, such as a lewd comment, gender-based remark, or inappropriate touching can be classified as sexual harassment if it is severe or pervasive. If the work environment itself is offensive, that can also be considered sexual harassment. For example, if an office is decorated with lewd images that are degrading to women, a female employee might be very offended.
About Abuse in the Workplace
Sexual abuse can happen to anyone, but women are targets more often than men. Anyone could become a sexual abuser, but the role is usually filled by supervisors, owners, or managers. In many cases, superiors will use their power to try to manipulate their employees into doing what they wish, sometimes with proposed sexual favors, unwanted advancements, physical aggression, or suggestive touching.
Any type of perverse sexual advance or offensive comment could be categorized as sexual harassment, but more serious sexual crimes, such as assault, can be considered abusive. For example, the abuser might harass, stalk, rape, or inappropriately touch an individual in the workplace, resulting in serious emotional, psychological, and physical damage.
Examples of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Any type of conduct that would be considered offensive to the typical person can be classified as sexual harassment. For example, a single passing comment might be offensive to one person but the majority would not take offense, in which case it might not be considered an act of sexual harassment. The conduct must be categorized as offensive and severe or pervasive. Usually, this means the conduct was extremely aggressive, widespread, or frequent.
Common examples of sexual harassment at work include:
- A superior makes an advance on an employee, which the employee turns down. The supervisor insists that the employee reconsider the offer at the risk of losing his or her job.
- Employees make offensive comments about a specific gender or about another employee’s appearance. An employee expresses his or her discomfort and the employees refuse to stop.
- An employee reports an act of sexual misconduct by another employee or a client. The boss or supervisor fails to take action to protect the wronged employee.
- An employee’s private or personal photos are shared with coworkers or supervisors without the employee’s consent. The photos are either graphic or sexual in nature and might have been taken from the internet or social media.
Let Our Firm Help You
If you were the victim of sexual abuse in the workplace, our skilled attorneys are prepared to help. Many victims fear they may lose their job or hurt their career if they report abuse, but our firm is dedicated to helping you seek the justice you deserve. Everyone deserves a hassle-free work environment, and if a supervisor, business owner, client, or coworker has subjected you to any form of sexual abuse, it is crucial that you take action. There are federal and state laws in your favor, and our knowledgeable attorneys can help build a solid case on your behalf.
Contact Stabinski Law to discuss your sexual abuse case with our Miami personal injury attorneys.
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