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Sexual Harassment by the CEO


Sexual Harassment from the CEO Violates Trust and Sexual Harassment Laws.

Sexual harassment by the CEO occurs when the CEO of a company makes unwelcome sexual advances, comments, or contact with an employee. A Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is among the top of the leadership chain within any company. With that title comes a responsibility to set an example for your staff and middle management of acceptable behavior in the workplace. Sexually harassing members of your team would set the wrong example.

If the CEO of your company sexually harasses you, you have the right to fight back. Do not let the CEO intimidate you into thinking you have no rights. Work with a qualified sexual harassment lawyer to fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.

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

What Is Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

Sexual harassment occurs when an employee or job applicant experiences unwanted physical contact or unwanted sexual advances. Sexual harassers can be men or women. Anyone within the company can sexually harass employees and job applicants, including the CEO, supervisors, managers, other employees, clients, and even nonemployees.

What Are the Forms of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

There are two types of sexual harassment claims: quid pro quo and hostile work environment.

Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment

In a quid pro quo situation, the employee or job applicant is told that they will receive privileges, such as a raise, promotion, or job offer, in exchange for sexual favors.

Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment

The hostile work environment occurs when the harassment creates a situation where any reasonable person would feel so uncomfortable at work that they would not be able to function and do their job.

What is Considered Sexual Harassment by a CEO?

Sexual harassment from the CEO of the company occurs when the CEO makes unwanted sexual comments, advances, or contact with you. It can create both a quid pro quo and a hostile work environment. Furthermore, your CEO has the opportunity to intimidate you and may retaliate against you or punish you if you deny his sexual advances. As a result, sexual harassment from your CEO is an extreme abuse of power.

Who Can You Report Sexual Harassment by a CEO to?

Companies with CEOs typically have departments designed to handle workplace concerns. Whether they employ an HR department or a specific sexual harassment oversight committee or department, an employee can report any sexual harassment within the company.

When your CEO is sexually harassing you, the only place to go within the company is the designated team dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace.

What Laws Protect Employees from CEO Sexual Harassment?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from sexual harassment in the workplace. This protection also covers CEO sexual harassment. Under Title VII, any employee working for a company with 15 or more employees is protected from sexual harassment. To learn about the laws that protect you from CEO sexual harassment in your state, contact a qualified sexual harassment lawyer.

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

When Should You File Your Claim for CEO Sexual Harassment?

Victims of CEO sexual harassment can file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 days of the incident. In some states, the statute of limitations to file your claim with the EEOC is 300 days.

Can A CEO be Fired for Sexually Harassing an Employee?

A company may remove a CEO from their position due to sexually harassing an employee. As the Chief Executive Officer, the Board of Directors would need to vote to remove the CEO. Most contracts will include stipulations that would allow a contract to end due to such misconduct. Therefore, while it is not mandatory to remove a CEO who is sexually harassing employees, it is the best practice.

Can You Get Fired from Work for Reporting CEO Sexual Harassment?

You have the right to report sexual harassment at work, even when it comes from the CEO. The CEO, however, does not have the right to fire you because you reported his bad behavior. If he attempts to fire you as a result, it is an act of wrongful termination.

Wrongful termination, demotions, unauthorized shift changes, negative employee reviews, and other punishments are forms of retaliation. Federal and state sexual harassment laws prohibit any form of retaliation at work.

What Compensation Can You Receive as a Victim of CEO Sexual Harassment?

When you experience CEO sexual harassment, you have the right to receive compensation. You can work with your sexual harassment attorney to determine the remedies you wish to request. You may choose to request lost wages, legal fees, money for pain and suffering and emotional distress, and even the CEO’s termination.

Should You Hire a Sexual Harassment Lawyer to Help with Your Claim Against Your CEO?

The CEO of your company sits in a position of power. He can fire you, intimidate you, and otherwise make your life difficult if you refuse his sexual advances or report the advances to others. He will likely have a team of attorneys fighting against your claim. Therefore, you need a sexual harassment lawyer that is willing to advocate for your rights. They will help you maintain your strength against your CEO and their lawyers to ensure you have a fighting chance to receive justice. Walking into any negotiation against your CEO without an employment attorney leaves you vulnerable to additional attacks.

Contact Our Experienced Sexual Harassment Lawyers for a Free Consultation

You have the right to work in an environment free from sexual harassment, especially when dealing with your company’s CEO. If you have been the victim of sexual harassment by the CEO, the experienced sexual harassment attorneys and former sex crimes prosecutors of the Derek Smith Law Group in New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Miami, and Los Angeles can help.

Did Your CEO Sexually Harass You or Fire You for Refusing His Sexual Advances? Do You Want to Know More About Your Rights Against Your CEO? Please Call Us at 800.807.2209 to Learn More About Your Rights.

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