Legal aspects of workplace sexual harassment cases

Although laws have been passed to help reduce and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, some Tennessee workers still end up being harassed as they attempt to do their work. While about 90 percent of those facing sexual harassment are women, male employees can also be victims. Regardless of the employee's gender, there are some legal options available to those who face sexual harassment at work.

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sexual harassment is banned in the workplace. Additionally, this law also says that, in some circumstances, employers can be considered liable for sexual harassment. For example, an employer could be held responsible if a supervisor harasses an employee and then later fires them.

Those who decide to file a formal complaint against an employer should understand that there may be psychological and financial costs to taking legal action. This is because employers often have more resources than employees. The success rate of these claims can be narrow, meaning the chance for recovery may also be low.

Even though a worker who experienced sexual harassment by another employee faces serious legal challenges, an attorney may help bolster the case. This may be done by utilizing records and notes of harassment. The employee may also file an internal complaint to demonstrate that the employee was serious about the sexual harassment and made attempts to get it to stop prior to turning to the court. In some cases, the attorney may negotiate with the employer to seek recovery out of court. If negotiations fail, the case may be taken to trial.

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