Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Workplace

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Sexual Assault and Other Forms of Criminal Sexual Conduct Are Illegal in the Workplace

Criminal sexual conduct in the workplace occurs when an employee or job applicant is sexually assaulted or worse by an employer, CEO, Supervisor, manager, co-worker, vendor, client, customer, business associate, or other non-employee at work. When lewd comments and inappropriate remarks turn to sexual abuse, forcible touching, and rape, it’s time to fight back.

If you are the victim of criminal sexual conduct at work, you have the right to justice. While you can file criminal charges against your attacker, you can also seek compensation from your employer.

Call our sexual harassment lawyers in New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Miami, and Los Angeles for a free consultation about your criminal sexual conduct claim.

When Does Sexual Harassment Become Criminal Sexual Conduct?

Sexual harassment in the workplace occurs when someone at work makes lewd comments, sexual advances, distributes sexually inappropriate emails, jokes, or comics, participates in unwanted physical contact, or any other form of sexually inappropriate behavior towards an employee or job applicant. However, when that behavior becomes sexual assault, forcible touching, false imprisonment, stalking, or rape, it has crossed the line from illegal sexual harassment to criminal sexual conduct.
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Federal and state laws protect you from criminal sexual conduct in the workplace on both a criminal and civil level.

What Are Your Options if You Are the Victim of Criminal Sexual Conduct at Work?

You should never ignore criminal sexual conduct at work, and neither should your employer. As a victim, you have a right to report the incidents to your employer. Your employer must make the environment a safe workplace and protect you and others from criminal sexual conduct. If your employer ignores your complaints and fails to protect you, you have the right to file a lawsuit against your employer for criminal sexual conduct.

Civil Lawsuit for Criminal Sexual Conduct

In addition, you may file a lawsuit for criminal sexual conduct in wok under the laws for sexual harassment. When filing your lawsuit, you may name your employer, as well as the building management, for failing to protect you and failing to act upon the threats or the attack properly. You do not need to file a criminal charge against your attacker (nor does your attacker need to be found guilty) for you to proceed and even win your civil lawsuit for criminal sexual conduct.

Criminal Charges for Criminal Sexual Conduct

As a victim of criminal sexual conduct, you have the right to press criminal charges against your attacker. You do not need to file a criminal charge against your attacker to file civil charges against your employer or building manager. However, it helps prevent your attacker from attacking another person.

Can Your Boss Fire You If You Report Criminal Sexual Conduct?

You have the right to a workplace free from sexual assault and sexual harassment. Your boss has an obligation to protect you from criminal sexual conduct in the workplace. Therefore, you cannot get fired from work because you reported an attack to your employer, HR, the police, or a lawyer.

If your boss punishes you in an act of wrongful termination, demotion, reduced shifts, or other forms of retaliation, they are breaking the law. Speak with a qualified sexual harassment lawyer to discuss your rights against retaliation in the workplace.

Call us at 800-807-2209 to schedule a free consultation about your criminal sexual conduct claim. Our lawyers handle all employment law matters for employees in New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Miami, and Los Angeles.

What to Do If You Are the Victim of Criminal Sexual Conduct at Work?

If you are the victim of criminal sexual conduct in the workplace, you have the right to file a complaint under federal or state employment laws. Federal sexual harassment laws require you to file a charge with the EEOC before filing your complaint in federal court. You can file a claim for sexual harassment under many state laws. Discuss your legal options with a compassionate sexual harassment lawyer who can help you determine the laws best suited for your claim.
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When Should You File Your Charges for Criminal Sexual Conduct?

If you file your charge under federal sexual harassment laws, you have a time limit of 180 days to file your charge with the EEOC. Some states allow a statute of limitations of 300 days to file your sexual harassment charge.

State laws vary regarding time limits to file your charge. Call a dedicated sexual harassment lawyer to determine the best timeline to follow to file your state claim of sexual harassment.

Are You Entitled to Compensation as the Victim of Criminal Sexual Conduct at Work?

If you file a civil lawsuit for criminal sexual conduct, you have the right to request compensation. You may request that your attacker gets fired from work. You may also ask your employer to pay lost wages, reimburse medical fees and legal fees, and pay money for pain and suffering and emotional distress. Discuss your compensation options with your sexual harassment attorney.

Contact Our Team of Sexual Harassment Lawyers for a Free Consultation

Criminal sexual conduct in the workplace is a crime and has serious consequences. Failing to protect you from these assaults and failing to act on the knowledge of them is illegal and should never be tolerated. If you are the victim of criminal sexual conduct at work, our team of sexual harassment attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group in New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Miami, and Los Angeles can help.

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