Sexual harassment in the workplace has been illegal for decades, but people continue to put workers at risk by doing it. Fortunately, victims have a way to fight back against their harassment by filing a claim for damages. Morelli Law can help you do that.
Our personal injury lawyers in Cape Girardeau can help you confront your harassers, file claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and fight to get you the financial compensation you deserve. Our firm is no stranger to these lawsuits. We’ve successfully won lawsuits against Fox News and helped one victim get over $90 million for what happened to her.
When Is Sexual Harassment Unlawful?
If you are discriminated against or harassed based on categories like sex, pregnancy, gender identity, and similar characteristics, the EEOC considers this unwelcome conduct. It becomes unlawful if tolerating it becomes a condition of employment or if it creates a hostile work environment.
Your treatment doesn’t have to reach this level before you speak with a sexual harassment lawyer in Cape Girardeau, but if we can prove that what you experienced was unlawful then it will make your case much easier to win. Examples of behavior that could be unlawful include:
- Unwanted and unnecessary touching
- Pornography exposure at work
- Pressuring someone into unwanted sex
- Demanding sex in exchange for benefits or to stay employed
- Sexual jokes, teasing, or comments
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When Should I Speak With a Lawyer?
The first step to dealing with sexual harassment is to speak with the human resources department of your workplace. If there isn’t one, or if your harasser is a part of that team, or if you wish to get a lawyer’s help in making your complaint, you can speak with Morelli Law for advice.
If your report doesn’t cause the harassment to stop, then you can go further by going over your legal options with Morelli Law. Our team can talk the HR department on your behalf and begin building a case against your workplace to prove a sexual harassment claim.
The EEOC recommends filing a claim within 300 days after the most recent episode of harassment, but the Missouri Commission on Human Rights requires filing within 180 days. So you should reach out to us as soon as you’ve been harassed so we have time to investigate the claims.
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Benefits of Fighting Back Against Sexual Harassment
Many victims are afraid of retaliation or even an attack by their harassers if they report, but it’s always better to report it to a third party who will stand by you and protect your rights. With our help, Morelli Law can:
- Help you create a more pleasant work environment for you and your coworkers
- Protect other people who may be victimized by your harassers, and potentially give them the courage to come forward
- Request compensation for the emotional, financial, and/or physical damages you’ve suffered
You could win significant financial compensation if you win your claim, especially if you’ve been sexually assaulted or if your case exposes a culture of quid pro quo sexual harassment. The state may also charge your harasser with a crime.
How Much Will My Case Be Worth?
On average, a sexual harassment claim settles for around $50,000. However, every case is unique because everyone’s harassment story is different. The severity and length of your harassment can raise damages significantly.
To get an accurate amount of how much your case is worth, contact our Cape Girardeau sexual harassment lawyers. We can explain what the law says and how the value of your case could be raised. Our team will investigate what happened to get evidence to support your case.
If necessary, we will take your claim to court and let a judge and jury decide. Many companies prefer to settle out of court because court can expose them to public scrutiny about harassment in their workplace. Plus, if they lose, a jury may decide you’re owed much more than they want to pay.
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How Much Will It Cost to Hire Morelli Law?
When you come to us with your harassment claim, you will owe nothing for your consultation. Morelli Law works on a contingency fee system. This means you only get paid if you win your claim. If you lose, you will owe us nothing. Therefore, there is no financial risk to speak with us or work with us.
During your consultation, we will assess your chances of success. This helps us determine your fee. The fee is usually a percentage of whatever you end up winning. If you win a lot, your fee will be higher. If you win a little, your fee is smaller.
This system ensures that both you and your lawyer get a fair settlement amount. It also encourages our attorneys to fight for the most money possible for your claim. We can only get paid out of what we win for you. If you lose, we cannot demand money from your personal assets.
Will I Need to Go to Court?
Some sexual harassment claims go to court, but the majority of them settle out of court. The great benefit of hiring a lawyer to help you is the ability to take someone to court and argue your case. Most companies do not want the exposure and will prefer to settle.
We can evaluate whether a settlement offer is fair and give you advice on whether you should take it or take your case to court. There are pros and cons that we can discuss with you once we know your story and the evidence.
Speak With a Cape Girardeau Sexual Harassment Lawyer Now
Find out if what you’ve experienced meets the requirements for sexual harassment, how to stop it, and how you can get compensation for what you’ve suffered. We have a strong history of successful and lucrative sexual harassment settlements and judgments, and we can deliver the same results to you.
Contact our team at Morelli Law by calling the number on your screen or emailing us to schedule a free case evaluation. We will explain what your next steps should be to protect your rights and stop the harassment at your workplace.