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If you are being sexually harassed at work, it can be difficult to know what steps you should take to protect yourself and pursue legal action against the harasser.
At Addair Entsminger PLLC, our Charleston, WV sexual harassment lawyers are here to help you find the best path forward in your legal dispute. We’ll work with you to understand the details of your case and pursue an outcome that helps you reestablish a happy, healthy life. Our attorneys fight for sexual harassment victims in Charleston, Huntington, Kanawha County, Putnam County, and all of West Virginia.
What Is Sexual Harassment?
West Virginia Admin. Code, Section 77-4-1 defines sexual harassment as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.”
Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of environments, including in public, at school, and in the workplace. While West Virginia lacks criminal laws for sexual harassment in schools and workplaces, sexual harassment is a civil rights violation. Individuals and employers who commit or allow sexual harassment may be liable to compensate their victims for lost wages, emotional distress, and other damages that result from their unlawful conduct.
Someone Is Harassing Me in West Virginia—What Should I Do?
If someone is targeting you with sexual harassment, there are a few things you should do:
Let them know you disapprove of their conduct. If it’s not safe for you to do so, you should contact an authority figure who can help you. At work, this may be a human resources professional. At school, consider speaking with an administrator. In some situations, it may also be necessary to contact law enforcement.
Complain to your employer. It is absolutely essential that you place your employer on notice that you are being harassed. Give as much detail as possible about the harassment. Start by reporting the harassment to your supervisor. If you do not feel safe or comfortable doing so, or if the supervisor fails to stop the harassment, report it to his or her supervisor and/or your employer’s human resources department. Make sure to make or obtain a copy of any reports or statements you make.
Gather evidence. Possessing evidence of how, when, and where the sexual harassment occurred can help you or an authority figure take action against the offender. If they send you texts or emails, make copies. If the harasser communicates verbally, consider trying to take a recording or video of what they say, after consulting with our attorneys about the circumstances under which you can do so legally.
Seek additional assistance if you don’t feel safe.
If your employer is not taking your reports seriously or if the harassment continues, you may be able to take legal action under West Virginia and/or federal laws. Contact our sexual harassment attorneys immediately so that we can guide you through every step of the legal process to vindicate your rights. Our sexual harassment lawyers serve sexual harassment victims in Charleston, Huntington, Kanawha County, Putnam County, Cabell County, and anywhere in West Virginia.
Additionally, you should consider speaking with professionals who help victims/survivors of sexual harassment and assault. Speaking with a mental health professional, such as a psychologist, can help you process the event and minimize stress. If you believe the harasser may escalate their behavior and threaten your physical safety, talking with law enforcement officers and professionals at a local crisis center can help you formulate a plan to stay safe.
At Addair Entsminger PLLC, our Charleston, WV sexual harassment attorneys are committed to helping clients throughout Charleston, Huntington, Kanawha County, Cabell County, and all over West Virginia stay safe and pursue justice.
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