What can you do about retaliation for reporting sexual harassment? – FindLaw

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The #MeToo movement has led to a widespread awareness of just how common harassment and sexual assault is. Since the allegations surfaced against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein three years ago, countless women around the world have come forward to share their stories.

Unfortunately, many continue to pay a professional price for speaking. A new study shows that since the outbreak of the #MeToo movement, More than 70% of people who reported sexual harassment in the workplace faced retaliation To do that.

A disturbing study

The study, by the National Center for Women’s Law, which administers the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, looked at more than 3,300 online requests for legal aid from the organization between January 2018 and April 2020.

It shows that despite increasing awareness of sexual harassment, old attitudes and toxic workplace cultures just don’t go away. Some of the main findings of the study include:

  • More than half of the victims said the harassment came from someone they reported.
  • More than a third said that the harasser faced no punishment.
  • More than a third of those facing retaliation were fired, and a fifth of them had poor performance ratings.

Sharen Tijani, director of Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, said the pandemic is likely to make the problem worse because people will be less likely to report harassment for fear of losing their jobs during the recession.

What is revenge?

Many people are unsure whether they are the victims of revenge. Happen at any time Your job is taking negative action against you to report sexual harassment Or any form of discrimination. Retaliation also includes any other witnesses who participate in the investigation.

Retaliation can appear in many forms, including:

  • Illegal termination
  • Poor Performance Reviews
  • Deprivation of the bonus or salary reduction
  • Reducing working hours
  • Receive different treatment from co-workers with similar roles and responsibilities, such as excluding them from projects

The law is on your side

The outcome of your complaint – whether your job ultimately finds that the harasser committed these acts – does not affect whether the employer can retaliate against you. If you apply, they must respect your statutory rights.

But Evidence of a relationship between your complaint and retaliation It can be difficult. Many people are afraid to speak up because they “cannot” lose their jobs, especially during a pandemic that is causing the loss of so many jobs.

Many accept employment attorneys who handle such cases on an emergency basis, which means that you will not owe anything unless you ultimately receive monetary compensation for the employer’s actions. There is minimal financial risk when speaking with a lawyer about your case, and any attorney you speak with must keep your conversations confidential.

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