Obtaining Justice For Victims Of Sexual Harassment In The Workplace
Washington, D.C., attorney Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA, has focused on employment law for nearly 20 years, representing both employees and employers. During that time, Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA, has provided clients at Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA, with skilled and effective representation in claims of sexual harassment in the workplace. If you would like to speak with Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA, about your situation, please contact our office in Greenbelt, Maryland. Call 240-297-1782.
Sexual Harassment In The Workplace
Employers and employees are often confused about what constitutes illegal sexual harassment, a subset of sexual discrimination in the workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act applies to employers with more than fifteen employees and allows an employee to bring a claim of sexual harassment if the employee has experienced one or more of the following behaviors:
- Unwelcome or unwanted sexual advances
- Requests for sexual favors
- Other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including the display of sexual images, unwanted touching (sexual battery), and rape
In order to entitle the employee to a claim, the sexual conduct must affect the individual’s employment, unreasonably interfere with the individual’s work performance, or create an intimidating, offensive, or hostile work environment. Each situation is complex and unique, and interpretation of the elements of sexual harassment may rely on the quality of your legal counsel. In many cases, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is notified and brought in to conduct its own investigation. If the EEOC has been notified, they will likely send you a letter requesting a number of documents and other kinds of information. It is important that you consult with a lawyer who has experience in sexual harassment claims to provide yourself with the greatest protection available under the law.
Legal Services Related To Sexual Harassment Claims
Services for employers: If a claim of sexual harassment is made against a client, Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA, will assist the client in conducting a thorough investigation as required by law, make a recommendation as to proper remedial action, and assist our client in resolving the claim efficiently and in line with the client’s business goals through mediation, arbitration, litigation and appeals. Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA, will also assist the employer in designing and implementing policies and procedures and training supervisors to prevent such claims in the future.
Services for employees: Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA, provides guidance and advice to an employee who is experiencing sexual harassment by a coworker or supervisor and can help the employee file a claim either directly with the employer or with the appropriate agency or court. As your attorney, Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA, focuses on accomplishing client’s objectives, whether the employee is requesting assignment to a new supervisor, a different modification in the workplace, or is pursuing maximum damages available under the law through negotiation or litigation.
In a recent sexual harassment matter that Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA, investigated on behalf of an employee, his client said, “Thank you for taking the time to explain the law, strategy and our case. You have a natural ability to explain things in a very methodical and informative way. Kudos on that talent!”
Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA, has extensive experience in appearing before state and federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions (EEOCs), Human Relations Commissions, Offices of Administrative Appeals, and state and county personnel boards; and in presenting and defending claims at all levels of state and federal courts in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
During and after the proceedings involving sexual harassment claims, our lawyer handles related issues, including claims that the employer has engaged in wrongful termination or other retaliation after an employee has filed a claim.