When is Sexual Harassment a Workers' Comp Claim?

Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 16-Nov-2017

Nobody deserves to have their personal space or comfort violated, least of all in a professional work environment. Sadly, many cases of workplace harassment go unreported because victims worry that they won’t be believed, they might lose their job, or that nothing productive can be done. In truth, there is always something that can be done to protect you from sexual harassment in the workplace.

In the event that your work environment is hostile or harmful, you have a right to take action. If you experienced sexual harassment while at work or during any scope of your employment, you may have a workers’ compensation claim. Your employer has a responsibility to maintain a safe, civil work environment, and if you are subject to sexual harassment while on the job, your employer should be held accountable.

All workplaces should have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to sexual harassment. You should never feel physically, psychologically, or emotionally hurt by sexual provocation at work. Sometimes even a “harmless” joke can be extremely offensive and hurtful, and such behaviors should never be tolerated at work. In more severe instances, sexual harassment could involve unwanted advances, verbally abusive language, degrading emails, or physical assault.

If you were the victim of sexual assault or harassment in the workplace, or while performing duties for work, you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. Through workers’ compensation, you could receive repayment for any medical expenses you accumulated as a result of your harassment. This may include doctor’s visits, therapy sessions, and compensation for wages while you take time away from work to recover.

If you believe you were the victim of sexual harassment at work in Santa Clarita Valley or Glendale, our firm wants to help. Contact the Law Offices of Wax & Wax to discuss your situation with our workers’ comp lawyers.

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