Businesses in Ohio and throughout the US have taken a hardline stance on sexual harassment in the workplace, but statistics reveal that this type of misconduct is still widespread. In a report on Workplace Sexual Harassment, the US Government Accountability Office (GOA) outlined the results of numerous surveys to find that up to 25 percent of women and 10 percent of men had experienced sexual harassment at work. Plus, when asked about specific behaviors, 52 percent of women and 43 percent of men admitted they encountered misconduct within the last year.

Sexual harassment is unacceptable and unlawful, so it is essential to take action if you were subjected to mistreatment. Our lawyers at Coffman Legal, LLC are prepared to fight for your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve by law. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our Canton sexual harassment attorneys, and check out some important information about your legal options.

Understanding the Two Types of Sexual Harassment

The basis for sexual harassment cases is federal and state laws on discrimination, as harassment is mistreatment on account of sex. There are two forms of sexual harassment in Ohio:

  1. Hostile Work Environment: A worker may suffer this type of harassment through unwelcome sexual advances, comments, insults, innuendo, or other acts that create an intolerable workplace. The hostile work environment must be truly offensive and intimidating, and the conduct must be pervasive to prevail in this type of claim.
  2. Quid Pro Quo: This type of misconduct occurs when a supervisor, manager, or other worker in an authority position forces an employee to endure harassment in exchange for a work-related benefit. An example would be requesting a worker to perform sexual favors in order to secure a promotion or raise.

Sexual Harassment and Your Rights

Your first step in such a claim will usually involve filing a charge with the EEOC or the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC), since you are required to exhaust your administrative remedies through these agencies. For employees at smaller companies, going through the OCRC is the only option: State laws cover employers with 4-14 workers, while the EEOC only handles claims regarding companies that have 15 or more employees. In some cases, you may be able to resolve your claim through the administrative process, either by agreement or during mediation.

If you cannot reach an agreement, our Canton sexual harassment lawyers at Coffman Legal, LLC are prepared to take your case to court. We will seek all available damages, such as:

  • Back and front pay;
  • Hiring, promotion, or reinstatement;
  • Pain and suffering damages;
  • Attorneys’ fees and court costs; and
  • Many more.

Consult with Our Canton Sexual Harassment Attorneys for Free

This overview may help with the basics, but there are many other details that impact sexual harassment cases in Ohio. To learn how our team can help with the legal process, please call 614-949-1181 or go online to reach Coffman Legal, LLC. We can set up a no-cost case evaluation with a Canton sexual harassment lawyer who can advise you on your remedies.

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