Unfortunately, even the most brilliant HR professionals may sometimes miss the common signs of workplace harassment. First of all, it is impossible for an individual to check thoroughly over what all the employees are doing at all times. But, then, employees have guidelines and rules about what it means to behave professionally in a workplace. Even so, suppose any of your employees have experienced some form of workplace harassment. In that case, you may need to seek advice from a reputable workplace harassment lawyer.
Today, we will illustrate what lawyers particularly look for in similar cases. First, although you may feel certain that you suffered a form of harassment at work, the law in Boston is very specific about what it is and is not sexual harassment. Hence, having an employment discrimination lawyer can help you evaluate your particular case based on the evidence you have to prove harassment. So let’s get started with comprehending what your lawyer may expect from you.
Was The Conduct Offensive Without Any Bias?
Your attorney may evaluate whether a reasonable individual in your shoes would have found the conduct embarrassing. For instance, some workers might be displeased by a calendar depicting female track athletes in sportswear in a public office space. However, others may not, and the discrepancy may prove difficult to your case.
Was The Conduct Actually Unacceptable?
Imagine you were engaging in sexual gossip yourself, voluntarily taking part in the conduct, or otherwise telling dirty jokes you are now complaining about. You may experience constraints proving the conduct was genuinely inappropriate in that situation. A workplace harassment lawyer will ask you how you acknowledged the responsible harassers and even if you made it known that you were upset by the occurrences.
Was The Conduct Enacted By A Manager Or Reported?
For this, you will need some evidence if you reported harassment against a co-worker who engaged in offensive behavior. Keep a copy of emails, reports, letters, or notes that you may have to show that you informed a manager about the molestation. Evidently, if a manager harassed you, give the lawyer any evidence you have to prove the harassment, such as trails of offensive photos, emails, texts, and the names of witnesses of the situation.
What Are the Damages You Received?
There could be several things under this subject line. Did you lose pay as a result of harassment? Know the answer to that before you begin. Sexual harassment takes the form of a manager or any other individual with officialdom requesting or forcing the victim to submit to the harassing conduct. Any demotion, promotion, cut in hours, or even termination could be a form of harassment. Share everything that you have suffered in detail, from sexual harassment or even your resistance to it, to a reduction in pay or hours. This may also involve losses you suffered after reporting the harassment, which might be grounds for a reprisal claim.
Are You A Fair Witness?
The lawyer will determine what impression you will give as a witness to the jury and judge in court. The standard evaluation may cover your:
- Credibility, or how well your story holds together and is believable.
- Appearance, or how sensibly you are dressed and how calm and organized you are in the presentation.
- Lastly, the jury evaluates whether or not you are an overly emotional or sympathetic witness.
Keep in mind to dress up as you would for court, especially when discussing the case with a lawyer. Always organize your evidence in advance, preparing a coherent and brief synopsis of your case. Indeed, getting help from an experienced attorney always helps. So feel free to talk to our employment discrimination lawyers today.
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