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Sexual Harassment Attorneys Protecting Victims of Sexual Harassment by a Manager

When a manager sexually harasses you, you are either guaranteed advances in employment or intimidated and unable to complete your work due to requests for sexual favors. Employees expect managers to exude professionalism and be the example of an exemplary employee. Therefore, sexual harassment by a manager can be especially devastating.

For over 25 years, the experienced sexual harassment lawyers at the Derek Smith Law Group have helped victims like you get the compensation they deserve in New York City, Philadelphia, Miami, Los Angeles, and New Jersey.

What Is Sexual Harassment by a Manager?

Sexual Harassment by your manager occurs when a manager approaches you with unwanted sexual comments, contact, or advances. Federal and state laws prohibit this type of behavior. Sexual harassment from a manager is especially dangerous. Your manager maintains a higher level of authority than others in the workplace.

What Are Examples of Sexual Harassment by a Manager?

There are two ways in which sexual harassment may occur. One way is a quid pro quo action. A quid pro quo (this for that) action occurs when your manager offers you employment advances in exchange for sexual favors.

Examples of these kinds of actions may include:

  • Your manager offering you a promotion if you sleep with him
  • Your manager offering you a raise if you go on several dates with her
  • Your manager offering you a better position if you give in to sexual advances
  • Your manager promising you better shifts if you perform oral sex on him

Another form of sexual harassment from a manager can be filed under hostile work environment claims. These claims occur when you are subject to unwelcome sexual contact, advances, communications, photos, or comments that are intimidating and make it challenging to continue to conduct your daily responsibilities. The manager can create an atmosphere that is often mimicked by the rest of the staff. This mimicking can make the harassment even more perverse and offensive.

Some examples of hostile work environment claims may include, but are not limited to:

  • Your manager asks you out on dates, even though you have said no each time.
  • Your manager is posting sexually explicit photos all over his office.
  • Your manager sending out sexual jokes via company email
  • Your manager making seat remarks that you made clear offend you
  • Your manager demoting you for denying her sexual advances
  • Your manager firing you because you refused to let her kiss you
  • Your manager grabbing your knee every time he speaks with you

What Laws Protect Employees from Sexual Harassment by a Manager?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from sexual harassment by a manager. You must work in a company with 15 or more employees. Victims can file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 300 days of the indecent.

The EEOC has 180 days to investigate your claim and issue a Right to Sue Letter. This letter gives you 90 days to file your complaint in federal court.

State laws also protect employees from such harassment. State laws may offer protections when companies have fewer than 15 employees. They may also provide a more extended time limit to file a claim. It is best to consult an attorney to determine which set of laws would be better suited for your case.

Can You Be Fired for Reporting Sexual Harassment by a Manager?

The law prohibits employers from terminating employees who report sexual harassment from a manager. When an employer terminates an employee under these conditions, it is wrongful termination.

A wrongful termination is a form of employer retaliation. It is prohibited under federal and state laws. Even if the EEOC does not find evidence to support your sexual harassment claim, you may file a claim for retaliation.

What Remedies Are Available to a Victim of Sexual Harassment by a Manager?

If your case is successful, you may be awarded some of the following remedies: reinstatement of employment, reimbursement of related medical and other expenses, removal of the harassing manager, lost wages, attorney’s fees, emotional distress, pain, and suffering, punitive damages.

Contact Our Experienced Sexual Harassment Lawyers for Your Free Consultation

Sexual harassment in the workplace is wrong. When it comes from the manager, it can be absolutely unbearable. If you are the victim of sexual harassment by a manager in your workplace, the experienced sexual harassment attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group can help in New York CityPhiladelphiaMiamiLos Angeles, and New Jersey.

Contact us today at (800) 807-2209 for a free consultation or fill this online form.

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