Sexual harassment in the workplace can bring up feelings of shame, resentment, and frustration. You may be afraid and not sure what your next step should be. Should you file a complaint with HR? Talk to your manager? Or just stay quiet and hope the situation goes away on its own? The best option is to contact the Connecticut sexual harassment lawyers at Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C. For more than 40 years, we have represented hundreds of victims of workplace sexual harassment. We understand the fears you may have at this time, and we are here to help you.
What Constitutes Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?
Sexual harassment remains a sad fact in the American and Connecticut workplace. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there were 12,860 formal complaints of sexual harassment in 2016 – an increase over the past two years.
But what exactly is sexual harassment? It can take a variety of forms. Sexual harassment can mean unwanted or unwelcome sexual advances, either by a boss or a coworker. This might include explicit or implicit requests for sexual favors (often called “quid pro quo harassment”); punishment or retaliation for rejecting sexual or romantic advances; verbal or physical touching or conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment also can involve statements, comments, remarks, innuendos, jokes, or actions (including sharing lewd or sexual photographs or web pages) that negatively affect an individual’s ability to thrive at work. Harassment does not have to occur at the workplace in order to be illegal; it just needs to have an impact in the workplace.
What Remedies are Available to You?
Sexual harassment violates federal and Connecticut law, and victims of sexual harassment are entitled to a variety of remedies, including money damages.
Unfortunately, the timeframe in which to secure these remedies is very short. In most situations, you only have 300 days from the date harassment stops to seek redress in court. That’s why it’s essential to speak with a Connecticut sexual harassment lawyer as soon as possible. However, even if you were sexually harassed over 300 days ago, there may still be something we can do for you. Now is the perfect time to take action.
Meet Our Sexual Harassment Lawyers
Our Connecticut sexual harassment attorneys have been protecting the rights of employees throughout the state for more than 40 years. We have been recognized by our peers and a number of legal organizations for our top-notch legal skills. Our lawyers work as a team to give you the best possible representation. We have taken on almost every large employer in the state of Connecticut, and we are not afraid to stand up for your rights.
“This testimonial for Attorney Nina Pirrotti is something I felt compelled to write. I first contacted Attorney Pirrotti due to a very uncomfortable sexual harassment issue. She not only gave me legal advice but her genuine concern and compassion made me feel empowered. I have never encountered an attorney who went so far above and beyond what she was required to do just to be sure I was comfortable and protected.” – Anonymous, North Haven, CT
We know how difficult it can be to discuss sexual harassment. But we have found over the years that victims only begin to regain their power when they use their voices. We are here to help you find your voice.
If you are being sexually harassed or were sexually harassed at work in Connecticut, please contact Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti now for a confidential evaluation of your case.