Sexual Harassment

Attorneys Putting a Stop to Sexual Harassment in Springfield, Illinois

Standing up for all victims in central Illinois

In 2011, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received at least 11,000 sexual harassment complaints. An untold number of other incidents were unreported for various reasons, perhaps because the silent victims were embarrassed or bullied into remaining silent or were unaware of their rights. Nearly half of these complaints were thrown out or otherwise dismissed as meritless.

For the thousands of Illinois workers who dread going to work because they face daily sexual harassment, we say this: you are not alone. You have a lawyer on your side who can force your tormentors to alter their behavior. For employers facing such charges, we say this: just because there are issues in your workplace does not mean that there is illegal harassment. Whether you are an employee or employer, a sexual harassment lawyer at Londrigan Potter Randle P.C. listens to your story and helps you find a way out.

What are some types of sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment incidents can be subtle. If your employer, another employee or conditions in your work environment make you feel sexually harassed, make your opinion known in writing to your employer. At Londrigan Potter Randle, the types of harassment we see most often are:

  • Quid pro quo. Nearly always a boss or supervisor asking an employee or potential employee for sexual favors in exchange for preferential treatment
  • Hostile environment. Any employment environment adversely affecting a person’s work product or work experience

Practically speaking, a hostile environment may include:

  • Unwanted advances
  • Offensive or negative comments about women in general
  • Inappropriate comments about a woman’s appearance or demeanor
  • Excessive and unwanted personal attention
  • Foul language or sexually demeaning language
  • Offensive literature or screensavers in plain sight

If you are subjected to one or more of these situations, be sure to keep documentation of the details of the offensive conduct or circumstances, along with any written complaints you have provided to your employer. This evidence is useful in establishing your right to compensation.

What you can do to stop sexual harassment

A workplace discrimination claim must first be presented to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for investigation. These investigations frequently end with a right-to-sue letter, which means that the EEOC has ended its investigation and you have the right to speak with an attorney about the situation. If you can prove in court that illegal harassment caused your damages, you may recover money for pain, suffering and humiliation, and perhaps punitive damages as well.

LPR also defends employers wrongfully accused of such actions.

Schedule an initial consultation with Springfield, Illinois attorneys who represent victims in court

Do not allow yourself to be victimized by sexual harassment. If you are threatened with a complaint, or if you are facing a tormentor, contact Londrigan Potter Randle P.C. at 866.658.3248 or online to schedule your free consultation. Weekend and after-hours appointments are available, and all visits are confidential.

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