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Do You Have a Workplace Sexual Harassment Claim in Texas?

No employee should ever have to work in an environment where they are vulnerable to unwelcome sexual advances, inappropriate touching, and even lewd behavior. Federal and state statutes and court decisions have established legal remedies for those who are subjected to this unwanted conduct.

If you believe you are a victim of workplace sexual harassment in Texas, our McAllen employment attorneys at Guerra & Farah, PLLC are ready to protect your rights and end the behavior once and for all. With more than three decades of experience, we have brought claim sand won cases for victims of employer abuse and mistreatment.

Workplace Sexual Harassment is Unlawful

Both federal and Texas law consider sexual harassment as a form of sex discrimination. These statutes offer protection to employees at workplaces with 15 or more employees. Harassment due to a workers’ sex, race, age, disability, or other protected class is considered unlawful.

Common examples of sexual harassment include:

  • Unwelcome verbal conduct (i.e. sexual advances or visitations and derogatory jokes and epithets)
  • Unwelcome physical contact (i.e. sexual assault and unwanted touching)
  • Unwelcome visual conduct (i.e. sexually-oriented pictures and e-mails)
  • Demands and threats to submit sexual requests in exchange for continued employment or other employment benefits

How to Report Sexual Harassment

First, inform the harasser that their behavior and conduct is unwelcome, unlawful, and needs to be stopped immediately—each time and every time an incident occurs. It is also important to document each incident in a journal. Then, report the incident to your supervisor, the harasser’s supervisor, and Human Resources. Make sure you submit your complaint in writing.

If the company fails to take appropriate action or is ineffective in remedying the situation, you can file a complaint with the EEOC or Texas Commission on Human Rights. Both federal and state courts will hear sexual harassment claims.

There are two types of sexual harassment claims: hostile work environment sexual harassment claims and quid pro quo sexual harassment claims. While the former consists of frequent sexual contact or verbal remarks, the latter entails job benefits that are offered in exchange for sexual favors.

Let Us Help You Stop the Harassment Once & For All

Our McAllen employment lawyers can thoroughly review your complaint and help you determine your available legal options to help get the best results possible. Depending on the circumstances of your case, it may be possible to recovery monetary damages for back pay, court costs, attorney fees, and pain and suffering.

Contact us and schedule a confidential consultation for more information today.

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