Anyone working for an employer that employs at least one person has the right to sue for sexual harassment. Immediate consultation with an experienced lawyer is highly recommended. You have rights, and you should be protected immediately.
An experienced and knowledgeable lawyer will guide you through the appropriate claim process after helping you determine if you have a sexual harassment case worth pursuing through litigation.
Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP, is a law firm that vigorously represents people who have suffered illegal harassment and retaliation in the workplace. Call us at (510) 433-1000 for a free consultation.
What Legal Steps Should I Take To File A Sexual Harassment Lawsuit?
Sexual harassment laws in California are stronger than in most areas of the country, but succeeding with a lawsuit is still a complicated and intricate process. You can bring a sexual harassment lawsuit against an employer you currently work for or against a former employer, but a strict statute of limitations does exist, although not with clear definitions.
Typically, the statute of limitations is one year, but there are exceptions that you should discuss with a lawyer, along with the following steps to filing a lawsuit:
- Document the incident(s) of sexual harassment whether in the workplace or at a job-related function or activity.
- Review our FAQs.
- Consult a knowledgeable attorney with a proven record of results.
- Your attorney will discuss your rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Fair Employment and Housing Act with you and whether filing a complaint with your company's human resources department is worthwhile.
- Your attorney will advise you on filing a claim with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) or with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This must be done before a lawsuit can be filed.
- You will be provided with the option of allowing the administrative agency to investigate or immediately obtaining a right-to-sue letter.
More than 90 percent of sexual harassment cases are settled prior to trial, and many are settled without need for litigation.
It is important to fully consider your options with a highly qualified attorney who will fight for the compensation that you deserve for emotional, physical, psychological, career and monetary damages. The DFEH or EEOC may be able to sue on your behalf, but nothing replaces a solid attorney.
A California sexual harassment attorney familiar with employment discrimination lawsuits will investigate, mediate and handle all other legal issues on your behalf and in your best interests.
Considering Suing For Sexual Harassment?
Contact Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP, today to speak with an attorney. We will help you determine if you have a case and take every appropriate step to help you recover from the damages you have suffered. Call us at (510) 433-1000 toll free.
We offer free, confidential initial consultations, and we pursue cases throughout Northern and Southern California on a contingency fee basis.
We do not represent perpetrators of sexual harassment or those who are accused of sexually harassing behavior.