Sexual assault is a very emotional and difficult thing to experience, but unfortunately it is common in the workplace. If you have been sexually assaulted, it is important to not stay quiet and to meet with a sexual assault attorney in Philadelphia for guidance, legal representation and much needed support.
What is Considered Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is when a person intentionally and sexually touches someone else without their consent or physically forces a person to engage in a sexual act against their will. This can happen anywhere including a professional setting and the workplace.
What Do I Do if I Have Been Sexually Assaulted?
First, always document and record any sexual harassment incidents. This means you must write down all of the details including the date, time, location and any witnesses. Try to always be alert to your surroundings and see if you can tell if this is happening to anyone else in the workplace. To help your case, try to gather and keep together all of your evidence including important documents, emails, phone records, recordings, videos, texts or any social media contact. It is smart to keep these records in a safe place where no one can end up finding them. You might even want to leave these documents with your trusted legal representation.
Keep in mind that you should always report any sexual assault incidents to your work. Every workplace should have a policy and protocol in place. You must follow these before going forward with any legal action. This gives your employer a chance to make any changes since they are held liable.
If your employer fails to take action, you will want to file a complaint with the EEOC and this must be done within 180 to 300 days of the incident. This is why it is wise to speak with a lawyer to get legal advice and guidance. A good lawyer will know what you need to boost the chances of winning your case, while also being respectful and supportive during this sensitive time.
There are statute of limitations that can get in your way, which is a restricted amount of time a victim has to come forward with a sexual abuse claim. The time length varies by state and the timing usually starts at the time of the offense. In the state of Pennsylvania, a complaint has to be filed within 300 days to investigate and possibly pursue a lawsuit. Under this claim, you can hold the responsible party accountable for their actions and receive compensation for economic damages like any medical bills and non-economic damages like pain and suffering.
Working With a Sexual Assault Lawyer
If you have been a victim of sexual assault, you could be feeling overwhelmed, depressed, guilty, and even afraid. You should always come forward to receive the justice you deserve, and it helps to work with the compassionate lawyers at Edelstein Law. We will fight to bring you justice while still respecting what you are going through and offering much needed support that you need during this difficult time.