Experienced Nashville Sexual Harassment Lawyers
Also Representing Clients in Columbia, Franklin & Murfreesboro
Many victims of sexual harassment dread going into work and look for excuses not to go in. Getting another job is not always an option, and even when it is this can be a stressful process. However, it is worth your time to report and take action against sexual harassment. This will not just benefit yourself, but also help others who could be subjected to the same treatment.
At Collins & Hunter, we aggressively pursue justice for our clients. Our Nashville sexual harassment attorneys are highly experienced in sexual harassment cases, particularly Title IX cases. We take our employment law cases as far as they need to go to ensure our clients have their complaints acknowledged.
Do not fight sexual harassment without help. Call (615) 235-6648 to schedule an initial consultation with our knowledgeable legal team.
Types of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a form of job discrimination. It can occur in all types of workplaces and be perpetrated by employers and coworkers of any gender.
There are two main types of sexual harassment - quid pro quo, and hostile work environment. Quid pro quo is perpetuated by a worker in a position of authority over the victim, and involves requests for sexual favors as a condition of employment or other benefits. Even implied requests can still be cause for a case of sexual harassment.
Hostile work environment covers a variety of unwanted sexual speech or conduct that is severe and/or pervasive. Anyone involved in the workplace environment can perpetuate this type of harassment.
The law defines the following actions as sexual harassment:
- Unwanted sexual advances
- Verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
- The presence of demeaning or sexual photographs
- Sexual jokes or threats
Tennessee sexual harassment law offers its own definition of sexual harassment. In Tennessee, “any unequal treatment of an employee that would not occur but for the employee’s gender" is sexual harassment. This conduct does not have to be “sexual” in nature. However it must still be unwelcome and severe enough to make an individual uncomfortable.
All of these actions create a hostile work environment. Harassment can cause your performance at work to slip and affect all areas of your life. You may quit or be wrongfully fired for not performing requested sexual favors.
It is clear to see the damages that sexual harassment causes to victims. Our attorneys believe all employees deserve a safe workplace free from harassment. We can help you work to protect your rights.
How to File a Sexual Harassment Claim
If you are experiencing this form of harassment in the workplace, you have options to protect your rights. You can first file your claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). However, if you are not satisfied with the EEOC's response, you can file a lawsuit against your employer.
A successful sexual harassment claim can allow you to recover damages. Damages you may be able to recover include:
- Lost wages
- The value of your lost benefits
- Reinstatement to your former position
- Punitive damages, in egregious cases
Our team at Collins & Hunter can advise you on navigating these legal issues should you pursue a claim. We can provide the aggressive representation you need for the best possible outcome in your case.