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.
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:
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:
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.