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Posted on May 15, 2019 | Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is a pervasive problem in the workplace. The most recent year data is available, nearly 30% of all charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) dealt with sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment. If someone sexually harassed you in the workplace, you have every right to seek justice and restitution. Even if no one witnessed the incident of harassment, you could have grounds for a case against the perpetrator.
Workers can and do win sexual harassment cases in California without any witnesses. While having a witness contend with what the victim says happened can strengthen a case, succeeding really comes down to the victim following the proper steps and presenting a credible case. To boost your credibility, take all the appropriate actions and document your journey. Documentation should begin the day you experience anything like sexual harassment or discrimination at work.
Keep a journal dedicated to your sexual harassment experience(s). Describe in as much detail what happened. Include who was in the room, where you were, when it happened, and what was said or done. When you start taking other steps to seek justice, such as going to your human resources department, document these as well. Keep a record of everything that happens with your sexual harassment claim, from the very beginning.
The EEOC has resources available to help victims who have suffered sexual harassment at work, including a step-by-step guide on what to do after sexual harassment. Follow these suggested steps as closely as possible. Deviating from the standard guidelines could ultimately damage the credibility of your case.
Taking these steps in order can prove to a court that you did everything you should have in the face of sexual harassment. It shows that you took initiative as soon as the incident occurred, and that your employer failed to remedy the situation. It presents you as a credible witness, even if no one else can corroborate your story.
Getting outside assistance with your sexual harassment claim can help you succeed even without witnesses. Hiring a Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyer to defend your best interests can be the best move you have to make when no one comes forward to testify on your behalf. A local employment lawyer can help you gather other available evidence to build a case against the harasser and/or your employer. While you attend therapy or otherwise focus on your personal health, your lawyer can handle complex paperwork and claim negotiations. Even without witnesses, a good lawyer can maximize your odds of success during a sexual harassment lawsuit.