Being the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace can be embarrassing. Victims of this type of abuse and discrimination can feel guilt as well, or shame that they are not taking action when they believe they should. Many victims fear reprisals from the employer, or derision from their co-workers if the incidents become common knowledge in the workplace. Minnesota residents need to know their rights when it comes to sexual harassment claim, and they need to know how to pursue those claims after sexual harassment occurs.
We can all hope that the intense media coverage of sexual harassment in recent months will help put an end to this type of illegal behavior in the workplace. But, the sad reality is that some people only learn “the hard way.” They do not think they will be caught in the act of sexual harassment, or they think that the victim will not be able to prove it.
State and federal laws are in place to help protect men and women who are the victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. While one of the first steps is usually to pursue the administrative process that the employer has in place to address these types of claims, there is always a chance that courtroom litigation may occur.
At our law firm, we take pride in attempting to make sure that the victims of sexual harassment know their options. In some cases, the employer may be willing to settle the claim out of court. But, in others, it may be necessary to go through each stage of the litigation process. For more information about how our law firm might be able to help, please visit the sexual harassment overview section of our website.