If my boss is also the owner of the buisness has been sexually harrassing me, what do I do?

He hugs me, rubs my back, and forces me to sit on his lap when I walk by (pulling me onto him). Also, he has made sexual comments towards me. It has made me very uncomfortable and I dread going to work. I cannot afford losing my job.

Asked on December 9, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Sexual harassment is at work is illegal--even when the company owner does it. If you have been sexually harassed, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. You could file a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or its state-equivalent in your state; or you could hire an attorney to bring a lawsuit on your behalf. If you feel that you have been sexually harassed, a good place to start is by consulting with an employment attorney about your situation in detail--many provide a free initial consultation to evaluate a case--to see how strong you case might be, what it might be worth, and what it might cost to pursue it; then you can decide what to do.

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