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By John Kristensen of Kristensen, LLP posted in Sexual Harassment on Saturday, December 2, 2017.
How To Pursue a Sexual Harassment Case?

Sexual harassment cases and lawsuits are becoming more and more common. Just turn on the television or read an article on the Internet and chances are there is a story about Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer or Bill O’Reilly. It is just as bad in the real world. Countless people throughout Los Angeles are constantly subjected to unwanted advances and harassment from their bosses or co-workers. It can make a life for anyone miserable. But it does not need to continue. If complaints to HR fall on deaf ears, filing a sexual harassment may be the most effective solution.

Contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Contrary to popular belief, you do not necessarily need to have sexual harassment attorney to file legal action. The first important step is to contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in California or department of human rights. You will have the opportunity to file your claim with or without the assistance of an attorney.

Timing Is Everything

To file a sexual harassment lawsuit, it must be done within 180 days of the incident(s). Each claim must be filed in writing. There is no specific format or formal document. Simply state the facts of your claim in a letter. You can also file via email. Once your claim has been processed, you will be contacted by the EEOC with further instructions.

Sexual Harassment and Title IX

When most people think of sexual harassment, they typically think of an office or company setting. But many cases of sexual harassment also happen at educational institutions. Colleges and universities receive state funding. Any case of sexual harassment at an educational institution would be a violation of Title IX.  Like conventional workplace harassment, Title IX sexual harassment cases must also be filed within 180 days. However, there is one major difference. Instead of filing a complaint with the EEOC, you must contact the U.S. Department of Education’s Office For Civil Rights.

Why You Need a Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Attorney?

Although you can technically file a sexual harassment lawsuit without an attorney, the chances of recovering the maximum compensation would be significantly less. Have an experienced and knowledgeable legal professional in your corner can often make the difference between receiving the settlement you deserve or getting shortchanged. Your attorney can help guide you through a complicated legal process. During the course of your case, you will need to obtain, complete and file proper documentation. Your attorney should also have a firm grasp of federal and state employment laws and statutes. If your case should go to court, knowing what to say and what to do can go a long way in helping you achieve a maximum settlement.

Have You Been Sexually Harassed at the Workplace? The Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Attorneys at Kristensen, LLP Can Help

Far too many employees are subjected to sexual harassment from their bosses, supervisors, and co-workers. Many are afraid to take legal action. Not only does a lawsuit help put a stop to the harassment, it also helps protect future employees from encountering the same type of workplace abuse. Over the years, the Los Angeles sexual harassment attorneys at Kristensen LLP have utilized an aggressive and comprehensive approach to protecting the rights of harassment victims. It is part of their commitment to always place each client in the best position to succeed. To learn more, contact their Los Angeles law office today and schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.