Sexual Harassment and Assault
The #MeToo movement has brought into startling clarity the prevalence of sexual harassment and sexual assault. It’s not just a workplace problem; it’s a cultural issue that has affected men and women from all walks of life, oftentimes shaping the rest of their lives.
Our sexual harassment and assault practice area focuses on instances of sexual harassment and sexual assault that occur both within and/or outside of the workplace. You’re probably most familiar with workplace sexual harassment because of the legal protections in place and employer policies, but sexual harassment of any kind is a form of discrimination, wrong doing and is a violation of your civil and legal rights. Sexual assault is not just a crime, but also a civil matter, as defined by the Department of Justice: ‘The term “sexual assault” means any nonconsensual sexual act proscribed by Federal, tribal, or State law, including when the victim lacks capacity to consent.’
In both of those types of situations, there is a possibility of receiving financial restitution for the injustices suffered.
Examples of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment takes many forms, from verbal comments to unwanted pictures to physical confrontations. Examples include:
- Unsolicited sexual advances, touching, suggestions, or gestures
- Offensive jokes, comments, emails, or other forms of communication
- Retaliation or harassment due to the termination of a relationship
- Offers of promotion or favorable treatment for sexual favors
- Ignoring the report of sexual misconduct or retaliation against employees who make such reports
This is just a short list of actions that may be considered sexual harassment. What sexual harassment boils down to is a violation of your right to be safe and comfortable. It’s not okay. It’s not the victim’s fault. It’s not exclusively a problem that women face. Men can be sexually harassed too.
The Beregovich Law Firm Represents Victims of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
At The Beregovich Law Firm, we help victims navigate the legal challenges of sexual harassment and assault situations with empathy and understanding. We work with women and men who have been harassed or assault in the workplace or in non-employment situations to pursue justice, protect their rights, help them move on after a sexual incident, and help ensure another person is not put in a similar situation.
If you have been sexually assaulted or harassed, contact The Beregovich Law Firm at (800) 631-9009 or email us today to arrange a consultation with our Florida sexual harassment attorney.