Charleston Sexual Harassment Attorneys
Upholding Your Rights with 25+ Years of Combined Experience
Every employee has the right to work in a safe environment. No one should have to tolerate any type of sexual harassment, whether it is done openly or out of the presence of others. If you have been subjected to unprofessional actions or attitudes that have caused you embarrassment or uneasiness, your employment rights are being violated. Turn to a legal team that focuses on holding violators of the law accountable. At Bailess Smith PLLC, we are committed to helping victims of mistreatment and sexual harassment in the workplace. Let our legal team defend your rights.
Contact a Charleston sexual harassment attorney at (304) 553-0337 for a free consultation about your case.
What Constitutes Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment can take many forms. It can come from co-workers, supervisors, managers, and others in the workplace. Employees may be harassed by members of the opposite sex as well as members of their own sex. These behaviors can interfere with the harassed employee’s work performance and can make the workplace intimidating, offensive, and hostile.
Sexual harassment behaviors can include any unwanted physical or verbal actions such as:
- Sexual advances
- Requests for sexual favors
- Crude sexual remarks
- Inappropriate texts, emails, or videos
- Inappropriate touching or brushing up against a person
- Lewd jokes
- Sexual innuendos
- Comments about a person’s body
- Sexually suggestive photos, language, cartoons, or other material
- Sexist company policies that discriminate, such as denying promotions or raises due to gender
- Direct or implied threats or bribes for sexual activity, also known as Quid Pro Quo harassment
What are Two Common Types of Sexual Harassment?
There are two common types of sexual harassment that occur in a employee’s workplace, they are Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment.
Quid Pro Quo sexual harassment occurs when employment benefits are stated or implied to be contingent on the acceptance of sexual advances or favors. These can include raises, promotions, assignments, training opportunities, and even the security of the job itself. Quid Pro Quo harassment is illegal under state and federal law.
Hostile Work Environment occurs when an employee is facing constant sexual joking, innuendos, or inappropriate behaviors even after it has been asked to stop. This type of behavior has negative effects on job performance.
Our sexual harassment lawyers in Charleston are here to help defend your rights in your workplace. Contact Bailess Smith PLLC for a free consultation about your case. Be sure to check out our sexual harassment check list to better prepare you for your case.
Defense Against Retaliation in Sexual Harassment Cases
We understand that you may feel too intimidated to stand up for your rights or that your harasser or employer may retaliate against you if you try to make it stop. However, sexual harassment should not be tolerated in the workplace and you are protected.
Any form of retaliation against you for making a claim of sexual harassment is unlawful. Such adverse actions can include your employer treating you differently, scheduling you to work alongside the harasser, not immediately investigating your complaints, a reduction in your pay, or termination.
If your claim is successful, you may be awarded lost wages, punitive damages, and human loss type damages such as emotional distress, embarrassment, and loss of indignity.
Serving Clients throughout West Virginia with Offices in Charleston & Morgantown
If you have been subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace, Bailess Smith PLLC is ready to protect you. We have helped many West Virginia employees hold their employers accountable and recover compensation. Specific time limits apply for sexual harassment claims, so speak with one of our Charleston sexual harassment attorneys as early as possible.
Contact us at (304) 553-0337 for a free consultation. Don’t let employers keep behaving this way.