Sexual harassment cases can be heard in both criminal and civil courts. Our legal team at Bogin, Munns & Munns handles civil cases involving workplace sexual harassment and represents people in Kissimmee as well as other cities throughout Florida. If you or a loved one suffered sexual harassment in the workplace and want to pursue compensation for the damages you endured, our firm wants to help you build your case.
At Bogin, Munns & Munns, we strongly advocate for victims of sexual harassment and other related offenses, so you can trust us to build you a thorough and comprehensive case on your behalf. Leave the responsibility of building a legal case in our hands by working with a Kissimmee sexual harassment lawyer from our firm.
A Lawyer from Our Team Can Build Your Case
When you decide to work with a Kissimmee sexual harassment lawyer from Bogin, Munns & Munns, we offer the following types of legal services to our clients:
- Private investigation, separate from law enforcement or your employer’s internal investigation
- Evidence collection, such as collecting photographs, cell phone messages, or security footage
- Administrative services, such as filling legal paperwork
- Communication services, such as making statements on your behalf to the defendant’s legal team
- Legal representation in negotiation meetings, out-of-court appearances, and trial hearings
- Legal counsel
You can learn more about our legal services during your initial consultation. A member of our team will go over what to expect in your case and what a lawyer from our firm may be able to do for your case.
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What Kind of Damages Can Sexual Harassment Victims Receive?
Civil action cases differ from criminal cases, in that the defendant does not have to be proven guilty of a criminal offense in order for the plaintiff to receive compensation. Our attorneys would have to prove that the defendant’s actions or negligence led to you suffering injuries at the workplace and/or in your personal life. Some types of compensatory damages you may qualify to receive include:
- Current and future loss of wages, including loss of benefits or pensions tied to your job
- Reduced earning capacity if you were forced to take a lower-paying position or leave your career/industry altogether as a result of the harassment
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Emotional distress, which includes depression, insomnia, and anxiety or stress
- Loss of pleasure in former hobbies and activities
- Diminished quality of life
Depending on the severity of the sexual harassment you experienced, other damages may apply to your case. For example, if a superior or coworker damaged your vehicle in retaliation to your rejection, you may be owed costs to repair or replace your vehicle. You can discuss further types of compensatory damages with our legal team in a consultation.
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Workplace Sexual Harassment in Direct and Indirect Forms
Workplace sexual harassment can have long-lasting effects on victims, from causing long-term trauma to changing the course of their entire careers. Still, some victims are hesitant to step forward with their cases because they are unsure if their case qualifies for compensation or even as “sexual harassment.”
Unwanted sexual behavior in the workplace is defined as sexual harassment by The Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) when it is “sufficiently severe or frequent to the point that it results in a hostile or abusive work environment.” Workplace sexual harassment can be verbal or physical and can apply to a current or former employee, as well as a job applicant. Sexual harassment can also exist both in direct and indirect forms as listed below.
Direct Sexual Harassment
Direct sexual harassment can involve:
- Asking you out on dates
- Asking you to perform sexual acts
- Threatening you to perform sexual or related acts
- Withholding job promotions or raises unless you perform sexual or related acts
- Making unwanted physical contact, from placing a hand on your shoulder to groping parts of your body
- Cornering you in the office or the work environment
- Following you home from the workplace
- Exhibiting suggestive body language, such as looking you up and down or making sexual gestures toward you
If your superior, coworker or another individual at your workplace performed other actions toward you that made you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, sexually or otherwise, you can also mention this behavior to your lawyer. Building a profile on your harasser may involve showing different types of negative behavior displayed at the workplace, so do not withhold any information that may be useful for your case.
Indirect Sexual Harassment
Indirect sexual harassment can involve:
- Talking about sex or making sexual comments/jokes or noises around you or when you’re in the conversation
- Showing you sexual images, such as pornography
- Displaying sexual images when you can see them, such as on their desk
- Talking about or spreading rumors about your sexual/romantic relationships to other coworkers or superiors
Even if the superior or coworker claims that you were not their object of desire, if they perform unwanted sexual acts toward you or near you, they may be held liable for sexual harassment. Do not let your employer intimidate you from taking legal action.
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Deadlines for Filing Your Sexual Harassment Case
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), you have between 180 and 300 days from the date of the incident to file your sexual harassment case. The extended deadline is based on whether your state or local agency enforces laws that prohibit workplace sexual harassment. For example, in Florida, you have two years from the date of the incident to file a professional malpractice lawsuit, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(7)(a).
If the harassment is ongoing, the EEOC will begin the deadline on the most recent incident. However, the EEOC’s investigation will look into all incidents of sexual harassment that occurred to determine the severity of your case.
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Contact Bogin, Munns & Munns About Your Case
If you or someone you love was a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace in Kissimmee, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against your employer, the alleged harasser, or another liable party. Our team at Bogin, Munns & Munns can investigate your case to determine what legal options you have to pursue compensation, then help organize your case against the appropriate party.
When you decide to work with us, one of our Kissimmee sexual harassment lawyers will advocate for your right to compensation. Contact us today to discuss your legal options with a team member and get answers to any questions you have.