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.
Grounds For a Workers' Comp Harassment 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 be eligible to receive repayment for any medical expenses you accumulated as a result of your harassment.
These economic damages would include items like:
- Doctor’s visits
- Therapy sessions
- Lost wages
If you have been a victim of harassment in the workplace, you should not be left to pay the price for another person's wrongdoing, Contact an experienced attorney and get started on your workers' comp harassment claim today.