Philadelphia Sexual Harassment Lawyers
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), federal sexual harassment charges were up 12% in 2018. Sexual harassment takes many forms in the modern workplace. Consider the following scenarios:
- Have you been propositioned at work by your supervisor?
- Have you been subjected to a hostile work environment?
- Have you been subjected to harassment?
- Has your employer failed to investigate your complaints of sexual harassment?
- Has your employer retaliated against you for filing a complaint of sexual harassment?
If you believe you have been sexually harassed, you should contact an experienced employment attorney today. There are deadlines associated with bringing claims of discrimination, including sexual harassment claims. An experienced Philadelphia employment lawyer can examine your situation and help determine the best course of action.
Sexual Harassment Under State and Federal Law
Do you suspect you’re being sexually harassed at work? Sexual harassment is when unwelcomed acts of a sexual nature:
- Impact an individual’s employment,
- Unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or
- Creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.
There are federal and state laws that protect employees from unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favor, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. These laws include:
- The Crime Victims’ Rights Act
- The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
- Chapter 62A of Title 42 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
- Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, Section 3104
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance
For victims of sexual harassment, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Unfortunately, time is of the essence. You may only have 180 days to file a claim or your rights to the claim could be forever waived. Murphy Law Group represents employees who have been victims of sexual harassment.
Damages Available to Sexual Harassment Victims
For victims, the impact of sexual harassment is felt outside the workplace. Individuals subjected to such harassment in the workplace report the following long-term physical and mental health consequences:
- Mental Health Effects: PTSD, anxiety, depression and panic attacks
- Physical Impact: Increased stress, loss of appetite, sleep disturbances, headaches
There are several types of damages available to victims of sexual harassment. The three most common types are:
- Economic: Reimbursement for actual monetary damages, such as lost compensation, medical bills or employment availability.
- Non-economic: Pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Punitive damages may be awarded in severe sexual harassment cases. In addition, an employee may be able to recover their legal fees in pursuit of the sexual harassment claim. These damages are available to deter any further misconduct from the employer.
We Represent Employees Who Are Victims of Sexual Harassment
Murphy Law Group is dedicated to helping victims against sexual harassment in the workplace.
If you believe you have been sexually harassed, contact us to discuss your situation.
Murphy Law Group represents residents of Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs, including residents of Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester, Berks, Lancaster, Northampton, Lehigh, Lackawanna, and Luzerne Counties, residents located in central and western Pennsylvania, as well as individuals residing in New Jersey, who have potential claims for sexual harassment. Murphy Law Group is dedicated to protecting the rights of Pennsylvania and New Jersey workers.