Laredo Sexual Harassment Attorneys

Although the workplace in Texas has generally progressed in terms of equality and fairness, unfortunately, sexual harassment is still a prevalent problem for many people. As an employee, you have a right to feel safe and to be able to work without facing unwanted sexual advances.

The law in Laredo, Texas, serves to protect workers against harassment and provides remedies for those who have been victims of this crime in their workplace. If you have been the victim of sexual harassment, which could include unwanted sexual advances, sexual assault, or any verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm.

Here at Galo Law Firm, we have helped many victims of sexual harassment with their legal claims, and we have dealt with a lot of cases similar to yours. Our sexual harassment lawyers are highly experienced with the process of filing harassment claims to government bodies and the court, and we can help you get the justice you deserve.

We want to ensure that you are protected against any further sexual abuse or harassment and that you are compensated for your harm.

Schedule a consultation with an attorney from our law firm today by calling 210-361-8043.

What Is Sexual Harassment?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) describes sexual harassment as

“unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature”.

This can also include harassment that is not specifically related to one person and is not sexual in nature. For example, if a colleague were to repeatedly make derogatory remarks about women to a female colleague, this could amount to harassment.

In order to present a valid harassment claim, the victim must demonstrate that it was more than one single incident and that the number of incidents or the severity of these incidents created a hostile work environment for the victim. If the victim was fired or demoted as a direct result of the sexual harassment they faced, this can be enough to bring a claim against the employer or manager.

It is important to note that sexual harassment can be carried out by any gender and can be conducted by someone of the same gender.

Types of Sexual Harassment in Laredo, TX

There are three main types of sexual harassment; hostile work environment, sexual assault, and quid pro quo harassment.

  • Hostile work environment – Harassment of this nature includes comments, remarks, jokes, and advances that happen on more than one occasion. It must be shown that the severity of the events or the number of events that occurred created a hostile work environment.
  • Sexual assault – When harassment becomes extreme, such as attempted sexual assault, or sexual abuse of any nature, it can amount to a sexual assault. One of our attorneys can offer your advice on whether your harassment amounts to a sexual assault.
  • Quid pro quo – This is defined as the requesting of sexual favors in exchange for a promotion or advance. If you were denied work benefits because you refused to carry out this favor, this can also amount to quid pro quo harassment.

If you have been the victim of harassment or sexual abuse in your workplace in Laredo, you should contact a lawyer from our firm to discuss your case. Our attorneys are experienced in dealing with many legal issues, and we can help ensure that you get justice for your case.

Examples of Sexual Harassment in Laredo, TX

Each harassment case in Laredo is unique, and our law firm has seen a wide range of sexual harassment cases through our many years of practice. Some forms of harassment that our attorneys have witnessed include:

  • Sexual jokes, comments, or questions.
  • Unwanted touching, including groping.
  • “Quid pro quo” harassment.
  • Sexual gestures.
  • Sexual media being shown in the workplace or sexual photos/videos being sent to you by colleagues.
  • Attempted rape or sexual assault, including aggravated sexual assault.
  • Actual rape or sexual assault.
  • Sexual abuse.

We recommend that you speak with an experienced employment law attorney to assess whether you have a valid claim for sexual harassment.

Bringing a Sexual Harassment Claim in Laredo

The most important thing to do in any harassment case is to speak with someone as soon as possible. You should know that you are protected by Texas law against sexual harassment and that you are entitled to feel safe in your workplace. If you become the victim of harassment, you can report the person or people who have done this to you and get compensated for your harm.

The first thing to do is to report your harassment or abuse to the appropriate body. In most situations, you are required to report your harassment to your employer through your company’s internal procedures. Ensure to do this before bringing the case to court or to a government agency.

If you suffered a sexual assault, you should report this to the Laredo police, who will file a police report detailing your incident.

You can then bring your case to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The process of bringing a claim through these government bodies can be quite difficult, which is why we recommend hiring an experienced attorney to help you with your case.

How Long Do I Have To Bring a Claim in Laredo, Texas?

One of the main legal issues that harassment victims face is the timeline to bring a claim to the relevant government bodies. You should be aware that under both federal and state law in Texas, you have just 180 days to file a claim with the Texas Workforce Commission-Civil Rights Division and 300 days to file with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

What Can Sexual Harassment Lawyers Do For Me?

Understanding the legal process of bringing a sexual harassment claim can be quite confusing. If you have been the victim of harassment, you are probably under a severe amount of stress and you may even be traumatized from the incident(s).

A sexual harassment attorney will ensure that you are not further traumatized by the incident and take over the case on your behalf. They will ensure that documents are submitted to the court or government body on time, carry out an investigation on your behalf, speak with any witnesses to the harassment, gather evidence, and build a strong case on your behalf.

If the case needs to go to court, they will fight for you to ensure that your voice is heard and that you get the justice you deserve. A lawyer that is licensed and experienced to deal with harassment claims will be able to take the pressure off of you and take over the case on your behalf. Ensure to ask your lawyer how many cases they have handled that are similar to yours, as you want to have an experienced attorney by your side.

Contact Our Laredo Sexual Harassment Lawyers at Galo Law Firm

Being sexually harassed in the workplace is a very lonely and traumatizing experience for a lot of victims. If you have faced harassment of a sexual nature in the workplace in Laredo, you should speak with an experienced sexual harassment lawyer as soon as possible.

At Galo Law Firm, our attorneys have extensive experience dealing with sexual harassment cases and in many related practice areas. We have specialized in employment law for three decades, and we know what it takes to ensure that your rights as a victim are protected.

Call us to schedule a consultation with an experienced sexual harassment attorney from our firm. Our phone number is 210-361-8043.

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