All employees deserve to work in an environment free of unwelcome sexual conduct. If your supervisor or co-workers are making you uncomfortable with chronic, unwelcome sexual attention, you don’t have to take it. In Hollywood, the Law Offices of James Jean-Francois, P.A. can advise you of your rights, help you correct the situation or, if necessary, represent you in an action to enforce your rights in a hostile work environment claim.
A hostile work environment involves more than minor annoyances or isolated incidents. It is one in which an employee is subjected to unwelcome physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature or based on the victim’s gender that is so severe or pervasive that it makes it difficult for the victimized employee to do his or her work. That conduct may involve a range of actions:
Anyone can be a victim, regardless of his or her gender or sexual orientation or the gender or sexual orientation of the harasser. The harasser need not be the victim’s own supervisor; he or she may be a different supervisor, a co-worker or even a non-employee. If you believe that you might be the victim of a hostile work environment, you can rely on my knowledge of employment law to analyze your situation, determine whether you have a case, and help you achieve the legal remedy you seek.
The first step is documenting the offensive conduct. That may mean preserving any offensive emails, letters, photographs, bulletin board postings or other tangible evidence and making a detailed record of any verbal or physical incidents of harassment that you cannot document directly. The next step is to bring the problem to the attention of your employer and asking the person or persons harassing you to stop. If that fails, you can notify your company’s Human Resources department, your harasser’s supervisor or any other relevant authority in your company.
If your employer knows or has reason to know of the hostile work environment and fails to take reasonable steps to prevent and correct it, or retaliates against you for complaining, I can help. I will first file a complaint on your behalf with either the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR). If the EEOC issues a “right-to-sue” letter, I can file a claim against your employer in federal court. I can also represent you in a lawsuit against the FCHR if they fail to act on your complaint.
If you are the victim of a hostile work environment in the Hollywood, Florida area, the Law Offices of James Jean-Francois, P.A. provides trustworthy legal advice and skilled litigation services. To schedule a free consultation, call 954-780-8505 or contact me online. My office is conveniently located at 6100 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 211, between Florida’s Turnpike and South State Road 7.