How best to handle a sexual harassment case?

I’m currently working for a dentist. He has less then 15 employees. I have been sexually harassed many times. I have texts and letters. Now my employer is trying to do anything he can to get me to quit. What can I do?

Asked on October 15, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

As you know, sexual harassment is against the law. You have three different, and not mutually exclusive options (i.e. you can 1, 2, or all 3 of them).

1) You can report the sexual harassment to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, who may take action on your behalf.

2) You can report the harassment to the Virginia Employment Commission, who may take action on your behalf.

3) You can bring a private lawsuit against your employer for sexual harassment.

Many employment attorneys will provide a free initial consultation to evaluate a case. A good place to start may be to meet with such an attorney to evaluate how strong your case is, what it might be worth, and your options. Good luck.


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