Middlesex County, MA– Unfortunately, there people who head to their workplace only to encounter discrimination or harassment or both. Being subjected daily abusive behavior takes a toll on the victim, and the workplace on the whole. That is why federal and state laws give the victims of sexual harassment a means of redress and the opportunity to recover compensation for their lost wages and the mental distress they suffered at the hands of a boss or coworker.
If you are the victim of sexual harassment and plan on filing a civil suit, you need to retain a sexual harassment lawyer in Massachusetts to help you build your case. They understand the three key components to proving a sexual harassment claim which we will discuss in this article.
Your first legal burden is to show that you belong to a protected class as define by Congress. A protected class is defined by their race, gender, age, religious affiliation and sexual orientation, according to Cornell University. Technically, every worker falls into one or more of these categories, but if that worker is harassed or discriminated against because the color of their skin or their religious beliefs or they are being harassed because of their gender or sexual orientation. Proving you belong to a protected class will be the easiest aspect of your case you must prove.
The next thing you must prove is that the behavior was unwanted. You must show the harassment was offensive and caused you undue stress. Sometimes people don’t realize they are offending a coworker with a dirty joke or off-collar comment and generally these situations can be quickly and easily remedied between coworkers. Actionable sexual harassment, the kind of harassment that justifies a sexual harassment suit, must be repeated and pervasive and unwanted. A victim can must prove their claim by telling the harasser the behavior is unwelcome and file a formal complaint with their employer. An employee is also required to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Your third important burden of proof is to show that sexual harassment was repeated and pervasive. One or two sexual comments or jokes does not meet the repeated and pervasive standard. Now, if an employee comes to work every day and is subject to daily comments about their breast or buttocks, requests for dates or sexual liaisons or are groped daily, they are being subjected to repeated and pervasive harassment. If you are able to show that the harassment you faced continued over an extended period of time and caused you economic and emotional damage, you may be eligible for compensation.
If you or someone you know is the victim of sexual harassment, USAttorneys urges you to speak with a sexual harassment lawyer in Middlesex County, Massachusetts to determine if you are eligible to compensation. Our team of lawyer understand how to prove your claim and are dedicated to the success of your case. Let us connect you with one today and get the answers you need.