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Being a victim of sexual harassment can be overwhelming and confusing. You need a strong advocate by your side to explain your rights and help you protect them during this difficult time. At DRZ Law, we are committed to helping victims of sexual harassment. Our plaintiff’s attorneys can help you file a sexual harassment claim and hold someone accountable. We offer free, confidential case consultations so that you can speak to an attorney about your situation at no risk. Contact us today.
Sexual harassment refers to any unwanted sexual touching, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal or physical harassment about a person’s sex. It is often used in the context of workplace sexual harassment. If you encounter any form of unwelcome sexual advances or behaviors at your job in Missouri, such as your boss requesting sexual favors or your coworkers making offensive comments about your sex, you are a victim of sexual harassment.
Discrimination based on an employee’s sex is also against the law in Missouri. According to the Revisor of Missouri Section 213.055, it is unlawful for an employer to refuse to hire, segregate, exclude or expel any individual because of his or her race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, age or disability. These are all protected classes, meaning it is unlawful to take adverse action against an individual based on these traits.
There are two main types of sexual harassment: quid pro quo and hostile work environment. If you can prove that you experienced either, you can qualify for financial compensation through a civil lawsuit in Missouri. Quid pro quo means “this for that.” It is a type of sexual harassment based on an exchange or offer, such as an employer offering to give an employee a raise in return for sexual favors. It can also mean making sexual favors a term or condition of the victim’s employment.
A hostile work environment means that threatening, intimidating, offensive or harassing behaviors are so frequent or severe that they have created an abusive work environment for the victim. This is an environment where the victim does not feel safe, welcome or able to do his or her job. A hostile work environment can be created by frequent crude jokes, derogatory comments, pornographic images, insults of a sexual nature, inappropriate touching and other examples of sexual harassment.
If you are a victim of sexual harassment in Missouri, you can take legal action against one or more parties in pursuit of justice. If you were victimized at work, school, camp, a doctor’s office or elsewhere, you may have grounds to sue the institution for failing to protect you from harassment or abuse, in addition to holding the abuser accountable. You could hold an employer liable, for example, for failing to take corrective action after you complained about sexual harassment. A lawsuit could result in compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, lost capacity to earn, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more.
You do not have to put up with sexual harassment at work or anywhere else. Filing a civil claim can allow you to hold one or more parties responsible for the trauma that you have endured. There is a time limit to file sexual harassment claims in Missouri, however, so don’t wait. Contact DRZ Law today to request a free case review with one of our attorneys. Call (913) 400-2033.
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