San Antonio Lawyers Battle for Victims of Workplace Harassment
Tenacious Texas attorneys seek compensation for mistreated employees
Most people understand that employers are not permitted to harass employees based on legally protected personal characteristics, such as gender, race and religion. However, it’s important to remember that businesses can also be held liable when their employees are harassed by coworkers, supervisors, managers and even customers. Sanford Law Firm in San Antonio advocates for workers who believe they’ve been subjected to discriminatory treatment. Across the south Texas region, our experienced attorneys take effective action to halt on-the-job harassment and secure fair compensation for the people who’ve endured this unlawful conduct.
Accomplished litigators fight for clients targeted by sexual harassment
State and federal law prohibit workplace sexual harassment. Women and men can be victims of this offending behavior, which can come from someone of the same or a different gender. There are two basic forms of this discriminatory conduct:
- Quid pro quo sexual harassment — This occurs when a supervisor, hiring officer or someone else uses their workplace authority to pressure a current or prospective employee into providing unwanted sexual attention. One example is where someone is offered a job, raise or promotion if they date their boss. Another is when a worker is threatened with firing if they refuse to go along with a supervisor’s demand for sexual contact.
- Hostile work environment — Someone who faces severe or pervasive harassment due to their gender or membership in another legally protected class can file a hostile work environment claim. Unlike quid pro quo harassment, the misconduct does not have to be perpetrated by someone in a superior employment position. It can involve offensive touching, photos, gestures, comments, jokes and anything else that affected someone’s ability to work in peace.
We deliver strong advice and advocacy to victims of harassment pursuing various remedies, such as:
- Administrative proceedings and litigation — In many cases, before a financial recovery can be obtained, victims have to follow their company’s internal process for registering a sexual harassment complaint. After that, you might be required to initiate a proceeding with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Civil Rights Division of the Texas Workforce Commission. Our experienced attorneys will guide you through each step and seek justice in court when warranted.
- Retaliation claims — If you believe that your lodging of a sexual harassment complaint resulted in your termination, demotion or pay cut, we can bring your matter to the attention of the Texas Workforce Commission.
If you believe you’ve been a target of harassment, don’t hesitate to get the help you need. Once you explain the circumstances of your situation, our employment lawyers will outline what type of relief might be available, such as reinstatement, recovering lost wages and obtaining orders that sanction offending employers.
Advocates aid workers targeted due to race, creed, age and disability
Cruel jokes, offensive pictures and other types of workplace harassment can lead to humiliation, fear and diminished job performance. In some instances, the discrimination is so bad that employees feel compelled to leave their jobs. Our firm understands the damage that can be done and fights to win appropriate relief for people mistreated due to their:
- Race or national origin — Decades after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, racially offensive stereotypes persist in many workplaces. It can take the form of bigoted comments, assignment to lesser duty or any other type of conduct that fosters a hostile environment based on race, ethnicity or nationality.
- Religion — Religious harassment can include mocking depictions of sacred figures or refusal to allow suitable observances of one’s faith.
- Age — Even comments that might not explicitly mention age can constitute mistreatment of workers who are 40 or older. Teasing that someone over that age is not capable of understanding new job tasks or technologies might be unlawful harassment.
- Disability — Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, most employers have to make reasonable accommodations for workers who have a disability but can still handle the duties associated with their positions. However, companies might try to evade their obligation by hounding a disabled worker into leaving.
You should never be subjected to harassment or a hostile work environment based on any of these characteristics. Our experienced litigators make every legal effort to hold employers accountable when they fail to meet their legal duty.
Speak with a strong Texas lawyer regarding a workplace harassment claim
Sanford Law Firm advocates for victims of workplace harassment in litigation, administrative proceedings and negotiations with employers. We serve Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and Wilson counties, as well as other locations throughout the south Texas region. To set up an appointment at our location on Stone Oak Parkway in San Antonio, please call 833-295-1994 or contact us online.