Sexual harassment in Austin: Answering common questions

Everyone deserves to work in an environment that’s safe and productive. Unfortunately, cases of sexual harassment in the workplace are on the rise, and a significant number of such incidents are reported in Texas each year. Sadly, not all victims want to take action, often because they don’t understand the legal options or are too scared of the likely consequences. If you are a victim who doesn’t know what to do next, consider visiting The Law Office of Jeffrey A. Goldberg for a consultation. For your help, we have answered common questions related to sexual harassment.

What are the types of sexual harassment?

There are two major categories of sexual harassment. The first one is called a hostile work environment, where an employee is subjected to remarks, jokes, and comments that prevent them from working productively. Think of a situation where your colleague is constantly passing remarks about your body. The second is called quid pro quo harassment, where someone in power tries to exploit an employee in return for a favor. A good example would be a situation where your boss asks you for a night out in exchange for a promotion. If you reported sexual harassment but were fired or demoted from the job, you may have a case of retaliation too.  

What to do if you are sexually harassed at work?

First and foremost, try to stop the behavior. Let the harasser know that you don’t appreciate their comments or actions. Next, consider gathering as much evidence as possible, including text messages, emails, and photos that may be relevant to the case. You need to follow the company policy and report the matter of sexual harassment to HR. Ideally, your employer should take appropriate steps, but you can pursue further action if that doesn’t happen.

Is it essential to hire a workplace discrimination lawyer for sexual harassment?

The short answer is yes. You should ideally hire an attorney for your sexual harassment claim, especially if you suffered retaliation or when your company hasn’t taken the proper steps to protect you and prevent the harassment from happening. A good lawyer will explain the legal options and discuss the best ways to proceed. They are also responsible for representing you in court and during negotiations as the situation demands.

Don’t let a harasser walk away without consequences – Call an attorney now to find more details about sexual harassment cases and schedule a meeting soon.