Sexual Harassment

Fighting Sexual Harassment in the Sooner State

Great strides have been made to address the problems surrounding sexual harassment and the laws have progressed in favor of enforcing protections for everyone.  Unfortunately, even today, there are still far too many workers who are facing this type of employment discrimination, from their chain of command, co-workers, customers, or vendors. Others have found themselves in this position at the hands of a trusted physician or even an attorney. 

Regardless of how you may have come to be facing this extreme dilemma, one thing remains true: it is not your fault, and you are protected under the law from such transgressions.  At Adams Law Office, we are here to help secure and defend your rights if you find yourself in this difficult situation.

 Knowing the different types of sexual harassment

Simply processing the idea that you have been the victim of sexual harassment is often extremely challenging on its own.  It can be painful and overwhelming to try to figure out what to do next.  Sexual harassment is legally defined as “Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that tends to create a hostile or offensive work environment.”

You will need to determine which type you are facing.  Quid Pro Quo sexual harassment is when you have been coerced, threatened into, or otherwise motivated by a supervisor or someone else in a position of power,  into “trading” sexual favors for benefits such as additional hours, better shifts, promotions, higher rates of employment compensation, and more. Another type of sexual harassment is a Hostile Work Environment.  This encompasses a wide range of behaviors, but includes exposure to excessive lewd comments, sexually explicit materials such as pornography, and unwanted verbal and/or sexual advances.

 What to do if you are the victim of sexual harassment

Immediately reporting such occurrences to management or your human relations department is imperative, but it is also important to have your report(s) documented. Once you have disclosed the details of this type of event to your superiors, they are obligated to address the situation and take steps to correct any related infractions.  Whenever possible, make sure to document all recurrences (for example, this may include saving text messages, emails, voicemails, keeping a detailed journal, witness statements, etc).  If you have reported what is happening and no actions have been taken to rectify it, then you need to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney who knows how to navigate these waters.  It is essential to act expeditiously, as there are strict time restraints on the statute of limitations.

 You are not alone. Call Adams Law Office for help.

Many victims report feeling not only devastated, scared, angry and overwhelmed, but oftentimes experience feelings of embarrassment, shame and extreme discouragement. It may seem impossible to let the truth sink in that this is not your fault. No one deserves it, and everyone is protected by the law.  At Adams Law Office, we are not only experienced with the processes of our legal system required to seek justice for you, we are also empathetic to this plight and truly understand what you are going through.   We are passionately committed to standing up against any person or business that stands in the way of what is safe, what is right, and what every citizen is already guaranteed. Our dedicated team will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure that your rights are protected, that you do not feel alone, and that your voice is heard.  Call us today at 918-587-8700.