San Antonio, TX– Texas workers have protections from workplace harassment and discrimination, and yet each year thousands of workers in the state are subjected to hostile work environments. But so many employees in San Antonio and beyond have no idea what to do if are sexually harassed or face discrimination. That is why our team of sexual harassment lawyers in Texas wanted to inform you of some steps to take if you face any form of abuse in your San Antonio workplace.

Don’t let it slide

Too many people will let unwanted comments, dirty jokes or uninvited touches go; they don’t tell anyone and fool themselves into thinking the issue will work itself out. It won’t! Sometimes you might find the inappropriate behavior gets worse because you didn’t speak up. The surefire way to stop sexual harassment or discrimination is to acknowledge its happening and speak with human resources.

Ignoring sexual harassment only makes things worse for all employees and the workplace as a whole. It creates disharmony among co-workers and can be a drag on morale, leading to high employee turnover and decreased productivity.

Speak with a harasser

Before you head to human resources, we recommend you the harasser directly. Sometimes it’s a matter of someone not realizing they are harassing you and speaking with them directly puts an end to it. Talking about discrimination or harassment with a co-worker is uncomfortable and disconcerting, but it’s the smart thing to do. It could put an end to everything and keep the victim from facing retaliation and allow both parties to keep their jobs.

If you confronted your harasser and the behavior persists, you need to report the harassment to police. A formal complaint should initiate an investigation and result in corrective actions for the harasser. Your employer deserves the opportunity to address your allegations and resolve the matter before the EEOC steps in and a victim is allowed to file a suit. If you fail to inform your employer of the abuse and decide to file a sexual harassment lawsuit, your claim can be denied because your employer can contend they weren’t given ample opportunity to take action.

Sometimes a formal complaint results in retaliation from a boss or coworker. Retaliation can include being called names, denied a promotion or day off, and some employees are fired. Punishing an employee for speaking up is forbidden by federal law and is often easier to prove than harassment or discrimination.

If you have been sexually harassed and have already filed a formal complaint, you can choose to pursue a civil case with the help of a private attorney to allow the EEOC to represent you. If you do choose to pursue civil action, USAttorneys suggests you speak with a sexual harassment lawyer in Texas to help you with your case.

When you retain an employment lawyer in San Antonio, you have e better chance of getting the settlement you deserve. USAttorneys’ team of lawyers understand federal and state discrimination laws and will work hard on your claim, so you get the settlement you deserve.

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