Do you feel you have been sexually harassed in your workplace? Read this article about the steps to start a sexual harassment claim. Call us.
How to File Sexual Harassment Charges
We recently got a call in the Tampa area from a person who asked a good question: How do I file a charge for sexual harassment? Well, there are two tribunals that hear these types of claims. One of them is the Florida Commission on Human Relations, the other one is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Most of the sexual harassment cases will start there. You need a lawyer who is experienced in sexual harassment cases, and who is licensed to practice in both state and federal court, to handle these cases.
Generally speaking, from the last day that the last sexual harassment activity occurred, you have 300 days to report it to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and 365 days to report it to the Florida Commission on Human Relations. Give us a call to evaluate your case.
Choosing The Right Sexual Harassment Attorney
Sexual harassment cases are very fact-specific and very detail-oriented, and they usually involve an investigative period for the law firm who is handling the claim. Make sure your lawyer is licensed to practice in federal court, as well as state court, to handle your sexual harassment claim.
The best lawyer to handle your claim (as in most claims) would be a lawyer who is going to effectively communicate with you. Are you going to see your lawyer at the initial consultation? Is he going to address the issues that you have and the questions that you have? Not all of your questions may be able to be answered at the initial consult, and certainly your case will not be able to be fully evaluated at that initial consult, but communication is essential, especially for cases like this that usually turn on witnesses and are very fact-specific.
We’ve been handling sexual harassment cases for many years. Give us a call in Tampa right away if you have questions about your harassment case.
Taking Action Against Sexual Harassment
We handle sexual harassment cases at Serrano Law and clients will often ask what to do if they feel harassed. The definition of harassment, although specifically defined in the law, is different from one person to the next. Regardless, workplaces need to be free of sexual harassment. Even if it’s something that may not be considered harassment to one person, if you feel like you’ve been harassed, you must report it –must. It is not a question of should you or shouldn’t you.
The way you report it is you put it in writing. You send an email to your supervisor. You have to let the supervisor know. Ultimately, these cases hinge on the responsibilities of the employer and whether or not they eradicate or remove the sexual harassment in the office. Put it in writing, document it, and keep your own journal.
If you have a case where you feel like you’ve been harassed at the workplace, give us a call.
Are you or a loved one in the process of filing an employment claim in Florida and have questions about the steps to start a sexual harassment claim? Contact experienced Florida sexual harassment lawyers at Serrano Law today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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