Many employers will not admit it, but the reality is that sexual harassment is still a big problem across the United States of America. If you’ve been sexually harassed at your workplace, you have legal recourse. Sexual harassment in the workplace is prohibited, and an employee who falls victim to sexual harassment has the right to hold the perpetrator accountable and even recover damages. Unfortunately, sexual harassment is one of the most difficult accusations for a worker to prove. Most times, sexual harassment cases are an issue of “he said, she said.” But despite sexual harassment being one of the most difficult accusations to prove, if you are an employee who has fallen victim to sexual harassment, you should hold the one responsible for perpetrating the harassment accountable. You deserve justice and even financial compensation.
This article discusses some of the ways you can strengthen your sexual harassment claim and increase your chances of seeing a successful outcome from your case.
How Can You Strengthen Your Sexual Harassment Claim?
Often, in a sexual harassment claim, it is the victimized employee’s word against the perpetrator’s word. You can strengthen your sexual harassment claim and increase your chances of succeeding in your case if you follow, among others, the following tips:
Report Incidents Immediately
Failing to report sexual harassment incidents immediately after they happen to your employer should not result in your employer taking your complaint any less seriously. However, when you report sexual harassment incidents to your employer soon after they happen, you increase your chances of succeeding in your sexual harassment claim. When you report sexual harassment incidents soon after they happen, you allow your employer to conduct investigations while the incidents are still fresh and witness memories remain intact.
Note: It is advisable that when reporting incidents of sexual harassment to your employer, you do so in writing.
Keep a Record of All Sexual Harassment Incidents
If you are an employee who has fallen victim to sexual harassment in the workplace, it is in your best interest to maintain a detailed record of all incidents of sexual harassment. Record what the perpetrator said or did, as well as when they said what they said or did what they did. Also, note where the incident occurred and whether any witnesses were around. If the perpetrator sent you any texts, emails, or notes, save them. Do not delete any correspondence from the perpetrator, no matter how tempted you might feel to do so.
Identify Potential Witnesses
Witnesses who can corroborate your story can significantly increase the strength of your sexual harassment claim. For example, if your coworker witnessed the perpetrator touching you inappropriately or making requests for sexual favors, they can support your claim. If you need to, record witnesses’ statements.
Retain an Employment Lawyer
Finally, you should hire an employment lawyer if you have been sexually harassed at your workplace. When it comes to hiring an attorney, it is best that you do so without delay.
Contact the Trabosh Law Firm
If you have been sexually harassed at your workplace and need help holding the perpetrator accountable and recovering the financial compensation you deserve, contact a qualified New Jersey employment lawyer at The Trabosh Law Firm.