Alexandria Workplace Harassment Lawyer
Harassment should not be tolerated anywhere, especially in the workplace. Accordingly, workplace harassment is a form of discrimination that is prohibited by law in Alexandria. Not only does harassment create a hostile and unwelcoming work environment, but your employer can face serious consequences for failing to prevent or perpetuating harassing conduct in the workplace.
If you are dealing with harassment at work, an Alexandria workplace harassment lawyer may be able to help you with your case. At the Spiggle Law Firm, we work with clients facing retaliation for reporting harassment as well as clients whose reports of harassment were ignored. Even if you are just thinking about coming forward to report harassment, we may be able to provide valuable guidance on these initial stages of the process.
What is Illegal Harassment?
Harassment is unlawful employment discrimination based on a person’s protected characteristics. Race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender, age, national origin, disability, and genetic information are all prohibited bases of harassment that violate federal employment laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
Workers in supervisory or non-supervisory roles can be held liable for harassment. Even someone who works in a different department or is at the office in the capacity of an independent contractor can face legal repercussions for harassing you on the premises.
Identifying Incidents of Harassment
Harassment is more than just annoying comments or slight insults. In order for conduct to be considered harassment, it must generally be pervasive and create a hostile environment in a reasonable person’s view. Isolated occurrences or conduct that most people would consider inoffensive person are unlikely to qualify as illegal harassing behavior.
When you report an instance of harassment, the relevant authorities individually evaluate each case with a focus on the frequency of the alleged incidents, the context in which they occurred, and whether it was clear such behavior was unwelcome. Harassment can be physical or verbal and may consist of:
- Unwanted touching or assault
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Racial slurs
- Offensive jokes or language
- Displaying offensive imagery
As soon as you begin to feel like you are being harassed, you should thoroughly document each incident. A detailed record of alleged harassment could make any potential complaint or legal case significantly stronger.
Workplace Harassment Claims in Alexandria
If a harassment matter can be resolved by speaking directly with the harasser or a supervisor, this is often the simplest way to resolve the matter. However, when these efforts fail to stop the harassment from continuing, further action may need to be taken.
If you are an employee in Alexandria, you may file a harassment claim with the Virginia Human Rights Commission (VHRC) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The VHRC and the EEOC have a workshare agreement, so filing separate claims at both administrative agencies is not necessary.
Work with an Alexandria Workplace Harassment Attorney Today
After experiencing harassment in the workplace, you may be unsure of how to handle the situation. Fortunately, you do not have to face harassment alone. Get in touch with an employment attorney who is experienced with harassment cases.
We are sensitive to the fact that dealing with harassment in addition to the rest of your responsibilities at work can be challenging, and our lawyers have helped many harassment victims right the wrongs they faced at work. If you are interested in finding out how an Alexandria workplace harassment lawyer could assist with your case, click here for a free online case assessment and let the Spiggle Law Firm handle your legal issues and work to relieve some of your burdens.