Akron, OH– When we head to work each day, we expect to carries our duties and to go through our day with as little trouble and interpersonal drama as possible. Many workers are fortunate and don’t work in a hostile environment where they encounter abusive behaviors like sexual harassment or racial discrimination.

In 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 26,820 complaints of sexual harassment. A large fraction of those complaints can’t be proved, leaving the victim without a means to get justice for the workplace abuse they’ve endured. That is why our team of sexual harassment lawyers in Ohio would like to discuss some of the ways you can prove your sexual harassment claims and get the justice you deserve.

If you want to pursue compensation for sexual harassment, you need to be able to prove three things: that your harassment was based on your protected class, the behavior was unwanted and offensive and it was repeated and pervasive.

Legally, sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination though it has a sexual overtone. Any form of harassment, discrimination or other mistreatment based on a person’s victim’s race, gender, age, religion and sexual orientation is forbidden by federal law and is litigated in civil court.

Another thing you will have to prove is that the behavior was unwanted and offensive. Offensive behavior can run the gamut from a dirty joke to groping and make a person feel uncomfortable. If the victim participated in the jokes or encouraged the groping it will be very difficult to show the behavior was unwanted. For the experienced attorney, proving sexual harassment is offensive and unwanted is cake walk.

The next challenge is showing that the harassment was repeated and pervasive. A single crude joke or one request for a date is sufficient enough to launch a sexual harassment lawsuit. But a repeated pattern that continues or persists, is grounds for a formal complaint and a request for compensatory damages.The harassment must occur on several of occasions though the courts do not designation a specific number of times it has to occur for a valid case. Courts will often will decide is the harassment was repeated and if the conduct was pervasive depending on the severity of each incident. The more severe each individual event is, the fewer that need to be presented in order to have a successful sexual harassment lawsuit.

If you are the victim of sexual harassment, you first need to file a complaint with your employer, giving them the chance to investigate and take action. If they do nothing, then you need to speak with an employment law attorney in Akron, Ohio, to determine if you have a valid claim and decide what steps you need to take next. Generally speaking, it is much harder to prove sexual harassment since it is one person’s word against another’s, which is why you need a lawyer on your side. If you are the victim of sexual harassment in Ohio, USAttorneys can connect you with an attorney in your area who can help you get the compensation you deserve.