In 2021, over 5,000 sexual harassment charges were filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Workplace sexual harassment remains a contentious issue, as some parties question the validity of victims’ statements and interpretation of others’ actions. However, at Bogin, Munns & Munns, we understand that if you’re coming forward with your case, this involves a lot of courage and strength—and we want to advocate for you.
Our law firm represents people in Daytona Beach and surrounding cities in Florida. We handle sexual harassment cases as well as other cases involving workplace injuries. Should you decide to take legal action, a Daytona Beach sexual harassment lawyer from our team can serve you and build your case argument against your employer, harasser, or other parties involved.
What is Considered Sexual Harassment in Florida?
The Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) defines workplace sexual harassment as “unwanted sexual behavior in the workplace that is sufficiently severe or frequent to the point that it results in a hostile or abusive work environment. [It] can be verbal or involve physical touch, and can apply to a current or former employee or a job applicant.”
Sexual harassment can occur directly or indirectly. For example:
- Direct sexual harassment: The harassment involves direct comments or actions toward you, such as asking you out on dates, asking for sexual favors, threatening to perform sexual acts, physically touching you, and having suggestive body language toward you.
- Indirect sexual harassment: The harassment may not be directed toward you but can involve you. For example, if a coworker or superior discusses their sexual life with you, shows you sexual images, or spreads gossip about your sexual life or relationships with others, these acts can be considered harassment even if the defendant claims they did not commit “sexual advances” toward you.
If you filed complaints about sexual harassment at the workplace and your employer failed to take action to resolve the issue, our team can step in to help you hold the appropriate parties accountable.
To consult with an experienced sexual harassment lawyer serving Daytona Beach, call 855-780-9986
You May Have Grounds to Demand Compensation
If you decide to file a claim or lawsuit for the workplace sexual harassment you experienced in Daytona Beach, you may be able to recover the following types of damages:
- Income loss: Some victims may lose their jobs for reporting sexual harassment, which is a form of retaliation. Others may not feel comfortable returning to their workplace if it remains a hostile environment. If you lost wages as a result of your harassment, you may qualify to demand compensation from your employer or another liable party.
- Reduced earning capacity: Some individuals are forced to take a lower-paying position to “resolve” the harassment issue at the workplace, while others might find themselves blacklisted in their industry and thus forced to change careers and earn less money. You may be compensated for the difference in salary if you now work for less than what you earned prior to your case.
- Emotional distress: Sexual harassment can be traumatic for many people. Victims may suffer from depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the harassment. Others may develop insomnia because they are unable to sleep at night in fear of returning to work or an environment where their harasser will be.
- Loss of joy in former activities and hobbies: Victims may lose interest in participating in former lifestyle activities, such as going to the gym, taking art classes, participating in after-work social hour activities, or going on business trips in fear of being in a hostile environment. Victims of sexual harassment may also go into a deep depression, which could have them lose interest in any activity that once brought them joy.
Each sexual harassment case is unique, so you may qualify for other types of compensatory damages not listed here. For example, if a person’s sexual harassment escalates and the victim gets assaulted or raped, they might have sustained several physical and mental injuries. As a result, they may pursue compensation for their medical and psychological treatment costs.
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How a Sexual Harassment Lawyer in Daytona Beach Can Help You
If you decide to work with a Daytona Beach sexual harassment lawyer from Bogin, Munns & Munns, our legal team can work with you to build your case. We understand litigation can bring up traumatic events back to our clients, so we work hard to remain sensitive to your well-being and are ready to manage your case to relieve you of as much stress as possible.
Our legal services often involve:
- Investigating our clients’ cases to gather as much information and evidence as possible, such as incident reports, video footage, and witness testimony.
- Responding to messages you receive while your case is ongoing, such as settlement offers, court notices, and requests for testimony from other parties.
- Performing administrative tasks necessary for litigation, such as filling out legal paperwork, submitting lawsuit notices, scheduling court hearings, and filing legal motions.
- Preparing your case for trial, if necessary.
- Attending meetings to negotiate a settlement deal when possible.
Our team will keep you updated on your case as new developments occur. However, if you ever have questions about the status of your case or would like to receive legal counsel, you can always speak with a member of our team.
When to File a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit in Daytona Beach
On the federal level, per the EEOC, victims of sexual harassment have between 180 and 300 days from the day the incident occurred to file a charge. If the sexual harassment is ongoing, this deadline begins from the most recent incident, but all incidents that occurred may be reviewed during the EEOC’s investigation if those incidents occurred 180/300 days prior to the most recent case.
On the state level, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(7)(a), plaintiffs may file a personal injury lawsuit related to professional malpractice for up to two years after the incident.
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If you or someone you know was a victim of sexual harassment at the workplace in Daytona Beach, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries. A Daytona Beach sexual harassment lawyer from Bogin, Munns & Munns can represent you and advocate for your right to financial recovery. Our firm is proud to protect and serve our clients in Florida.
Have more questions about the litigation process for sexual harassment cases? Contact us today to speak with a member of our team and schedule a consultation.