Sexual harassment is defined as any unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This can include offensive remarks from the same sex or opposite sex, and the harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.
Types of Sexual Harassment
There are two types of claims that can be made, even though the lines have been blurred within the courtroom for many related occurrences. It is still important for you to know as much information as possible when it comes to workplace discrimination, so you could effectively exercise your rights.
Quid Pro Quo
Sexual harassment that happens when a supervisor or another person in an authority position requests sex, or a sexual relationship, in exchange for not firing or punishing the employee, or in exchange for favors, such as promotions or raises.
Hostile Work Environment
Sexual harassment that happens through the presence of demeaning or sexual photographs, jokes, or threats, creating an intimidating and offensive work environment.
In Tennessee, the courts also define sexual harassment as “any unequal treatment of an employee that would not occur but for the employee’s gender.” This conduct does not have to be “sexual” in nature but must still be unwelcome and severe enough to make an individual uncomfortable.
Benefits of Choosing Us to Be Your Sexual Harassment Lawyer
Nearly 90-95% of sexual harassment cases get resolved outside of the courtroom. Many sexual harassment lawyers choose mediation or reach a settlement with the other party. That large number shows that many attorneys fail to have enough experience within the courtroom. Any type of sexual harassment is a serious matter, and you need an experienced attorney on your side throughout the entire process.
Inexperienced attorneys that have a poor trial record can actually hurt your case. If the opposing side is able to discover your lawyer’s record, they can leverage it against you and interpret it as a sign that your attorney is afraid to go to trial and lacks the proper skill set to defend you efficiently.
We regularly take cases to trial compared to other firms who have little or no courtroom experience. We are not afraid to go to court on your behalf because your rights are extremely important to us, and we work diligently to help you obtain your day in court.
We are dedicated to revealing truths, supportive to those who have been wronged, and relentless when fighting on your behalf.