Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

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Filing a Sexual Harassment Claim

Posted Friday, November 17, 2017 by Chris Thayer

While there have been a lot of high-profile stories about sexual harassment in the workplace, the unfortunate truth is that workplace harassment can happen to anyone. It is important for everyone to be aware of the threat and the legal options available to harassment victims.

Depending on the facts of the case, perpetrators may be criminally prosecuted. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that violates both federal and state civil laws, and victims may recover monetary damages. Here are the steps you should take if you are sexually harassed in your place of work:

Damages for Sexual Harassment Victims

The type and amount of damages that a victim receives depends on his or her situation. For example, the damages will be different for a victim whose supervisor seeks sexual favors in exchange for a job promotion or raise, and for a victim who is fired for denying unwanted sexual advances. Types of damages include:

Washington law does not award punitive damages in sexual harassment cases.

What Conduct Constitutes Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that includes uninvited conduct or comments stemming from the victim’s sex, gender, or sexual orientation. One obvious example is when a coworker makes an unwanted sexual advance, like inappropriately touching another person. Sexual harassment can also be expressed verbally and in other ways that do not involve physical contact. Some examples are:

These are only some examples of sexual harassment. Contact a supervisor or human resources official if any workplace encounter or interaction makes you feel uncomfortable.

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Contact one of our personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation if you have sexually harassed in your workplace. Our experienced attorneys will help you recover compensation for your injuries, whether those injuries are physical, psychological or emotional.