Sexual Harassment Cases

Do I Have a Sexual Harassment Case?

Discuss your options with an attorney who is experienced in representing employees who have been sexually harassed

If you think you are being sexually harassed at work, you may wonder how to stop it and whether you have a legal claim against your employer. The steps you take now may influence whether you will be able to file a claim later. We recommend that you consult with an attorney before you take action. The Law Offices of Fern Trevino can offer useful information based upon years of experience in handling sexual harassment claims in the greater Chicago area.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 recognizes sexual harassment as a form of sex discrimination in the workplace and provides for various legal remedies, including compensation for lost wages and benefits, emotional and punitive damages, and attorneys' fees and court costs. Whether you have grounds for a claim under federal, state or local law will depend on the facts of your case. The Law Offices of Fern Trevino can accurately assess whether you have a claim, the strengths and potential weaknesses of your claim, and how to proceed with filing administrative charges and/or negotiation of your claim(s).

A few facts your lawyer will want to know about the harassment:

  • Whether the offender was a superior or co-worker
  • The severity frequency and duration of the harassment
  • Whether you reported the harassment and to whom
  • How you responded to the harassment

Every situation is unique and calls for an individualized approach. The Law Offices of Fern Trevino can offer guidance based upon more almost 25 years of experience handling sexual harassment cases.

The following are some examples of acts of sexual harassment:

  • Caressing or massaging your arms, shoulders, neck, hand, or any body part
  • Hugging or kissing you without your consent
  • Playing with your hair
  • Grabbing your clothing
  • Intentionally brushing or rubbing up against you
  • Asking you about your sex life
  • Telling sexual jokes and/or making lewd comments
  • Asking you for dates after you have made it clear you are not interested
  • Sending lewd photographs, or sexually suggestive emails, or viewing pornography in your presence

If you have experienced anything similar to the examples listed above you may have a valid sexual harassment claim. Even if you have not made clear that you are offended by the harassment because the harasser has authority to terminate you, you may have a viable claim. The best way to find out whether you have a claim is by scheduling a consultation with an experienced attorney. The Law Offices of Fern Trevino is prepared to provide you with accurate information that applies to your particular situation, based on your facts and all applicable federal, state and local laws

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