Sexual Harassment Cases In The News, And What You Can Learn From Them

Everyone deserves the right to work in a hostile free environment, yet in 2016 there is always a  sexual harassment case in the works.  There were two big cases this year:

  1. Sexual-Harassment-Case21st Century Fox recently settled the sexual harassment claim by Gretchen Carlson against Roger Ailes for 20 million dollars.  
  2. 47 million dollars was recently awarded to California Workers in a Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Case in July.

While the majority of cases that make headlines involve women reporting cases of sexual harassment by men, Jenny Yang, the Chair of the EEOC stated that 17% of the 6,800 sexual harassment claims were reported by men, and 1,800 charges were resolved for a total of 46 million. Sexual harassment can happen to anyone.

Ms. Yang stated that women experience sexual harassment more frequently than men, especially younger women who work in the restaurant, agricultural, janitorial and white collar work.  So, why don’t more people report sexual harassment? Well, there are some misconceptions about who commits sexual harassment.  Many people think that only managers, supervisors or coworkers sexually harass people, but third party vendors and customers are also culpable.  

How to Proceed With A Sexual Harassment Case

Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, such as requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct that is sexual in nature, being threatened with dismissal or demotion if an employee doesn’t engage in sexual activity, or being offered a promotion or raise if they do submit, also known as a
quid pro quo case. A hostile work environment case includes frequent and severe illegal harassment at work.

You may choose to file a complaint with the EEOC, and it helps to have an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to help you navigate this process. Some remedies available to those who’ve suffered from sexual harassment include:

  • back pay
  • hiring
  • promotion
  • reinstatement
  • front pay
  • compensatory damages (emotional pain and suffering)
  • punitive damages (damages to punish the employer)
  • other actions that will make an individual “whole” (in the condition she or he would have been but for the harassment)

Remember that you have the right to complain about treatment you believe is illegal without retribution.  You don’t have to go through a sexual harassment case alone, contact Thomas Moore Holland who is dedicated to fighting for those who have been wronged.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (215) 592-8080.