The workforce is protected by many different regulations that give workers certain rights, including minimum wages, meals and rest time, and safe working conditions. Being free of sexual harassment is no different, and victims of this crime are protected by both state and federal legislation. 


If you’ve been involved with a sexual harassment case, your first step is to contact an attorney experienced in sexual harassment suits. Those accused of sexual harassment can face extensive damage to their finances, career, and reputation. For victims of sexual harassment, their experiences may leave lifelong emotional damage. Since there time limits on when these lawsuits have to begin, it’s crucial to begin your legal process as soon as possible. 


Sexual harassment laws on the Virgin Islands


There are mainly two relevant laws when it comes to sexual harassment on the Virgin Islands


  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which exists at the federal level
  • VI CODE TITLE 24 CHAPTER 17, which exists at the state level 


VI CODE TITLE 24 CHAPTER 17 protects workers against various types of discrimination and sets a number of guidelines and requirements for employers in order to prevent them. Sexual harassment falls under this umbrella of discrimination. 


Often times, claims of sexual harassment can sound anecdotal or circumstantial, so courts usually look for certain things to determine if the claim is viable. Some examples of legitimate claims of sexual harassment are: 


  • Unwanted, non-consensual touching or sexual advances; The more aggressive the worse it is
  • Rude, lewd, or sexually hostile comments or insults
  • Stalking, following someone around, spamming their phone, invading their personal lives


Quid-pro-quo sexual harassment


One of the most common types of sexual harassment cases found all across the country are “quid-pro-quo” cases whereby an employer or high ranking employee tries to bribe a lower-ranking employee by offering them a tangible job benefit, such as a promotion or pay raise, in exchange for sex. 


If a victim can prove that their employer or someone at the company attempted to exchange a job benefit for some type of sexual favor, or that they were demoted, fired, or had their hours cut after turning down the offer, the victim may have a solid case for sexual harassment. 

How to sue for sexual harassment in the Virgin Islands


Generally speaking, victims of sexual harassment must file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within a certain amount of time in order to receive the ‘right to sue’ and properly file a lawsuit at the federal level. Similar bodies exist on the state level, and your attorney can advise you which route to take as far as filing a claim and cooperating with an investigation. 


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