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.
When Sexual Harassment Becomes a Workers' Compensation Claim
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.
Type of Damages You Can Receive Compensation
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, our firm
is here to help.
Contact the Law Offices of Wax & Wax to discuss your situation with our workers’ comp lawyers.