Memphis Tennessee Sexual Harassment Lawyer

Memphis Sexual Harassment Lawyer

Compassionate and Aggressive Legal Representation

If you have been subjected at work to unwanted touching, pressure for sex or other degrading behavior based on your gender, you must report it to the company before you can bring legal action. But it may be in your best interests to speak with an attorney first.

Employment discrimination lawyer James Becker can explain how to document the incident or pattern of abuse, and steps to take when reporting it to a supervisor or human resources officer. His knowledgeable advice and trial experience has helped clients win damages or at least make the harassment stop.

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Becker Law Offices invites women (or men) who believe they have a sexual harassment claim to call 901.881.8716. We represent workers in the Memphis Metro area, Shelby County, Fayette County and throughout West Tennessee.

What Constitutes Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It refers to conduct based on your sex that threatens your employment status, interferes with your work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment:

  • Quid pro quo (demands for sexual favors to keep your job or get special treatment)
  • Unwelcome advances or stalking
  • Sexual assault or sexual touching (groping, hugging, caressing)
  • Leering behavior or comments about your body
  • Sexually suggestive or sexually explicit language
  • Exposure to sexually explicit jokes, e-mails or pornography
  • Non-sexual conduct based on your gender (derogatory comments about women, threats or physical assault)

Pursuing Your Legal Remedies

When you report sexual harassment, your employer is obligated to take prompt and appropriate legal action to end the abuse. If the company takes no steps to protect you or sanction the offender (or if the company does not have a sexual harassment policy), your claim is that much stronger.

For many victims, the harassment has been ongoing and traumatic to the point of missing work or wanting to quit. A lawsuit for damages can seek lost wages (back pay and front pay), as well as damages for the emotional impact and costs of counseling or medical care. If the harassment was severe, if there is a pattern of similar claims, or you suffered retaliation for reporting it, punitive damages may also apply.

Winning compensation — through out-of-court settlement or at trial — depends on the egregiousness of the conduct and the strength of the evidence. In the best scenario, there are co-workers or others who witnessed the conduct. Voicemail messages or e-mail harassment can also make a good case. Mr. Becker searches for any additional evidence (the harasser's employee file, testimony of former employees) that lends credence beyond the "he said/she said."

Private Consultation • 901.881.8716

If you are being harassed or the company has responded poorly to a formal complaint and the harassment has not stopped, contact Becker Law Offices today. We support clients throughout the entire process until justice is served.

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Becker Law Firm • 5100 Poplar Ave Ste 2606 • Memphis, TN 38137 • Phone: 901.881.6205
Becker Law Office of Memphis, Tennessee represents clients in the Metro Area and West Tennessee, including Cordova, Germantown, Collierville, Lakeland, Millington, Somerville, Covington, Paris, Nashville, Savannah, Jackson, Union City, Dyersburg, McKenzie and all communities of Shelby County, Fayette County and Tipton County.
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