Alabama sexual harassment lawyer Randal S. Ford helps individuals who are subjected to sexual harassment on the job and he also handles age or race discrimination in the workplace and women who have been fired from their job for being pregnant. Randal S. Ford's practice covers the entire state of Alabama.
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Under federal law (1) you need to follow your employers reporting guidelines or employee manual on how to report sexual harassment and REPORT IT; (2) your employer must have 15 or more full time employees on the payroll (for a federal lawsuit), and (3) you must file a claim with the EEOC within 180 days of the conduct complained of before filing a lawsuit in federal court. The Ford Firm represents clients who are being sexually harassed at work. We can help guide you through the process of protecting yourself and, if necessary, filing suit to enforce your right to not be harassed. Do not delay in seeking advice by Alabama Lawyers for your workplace harassment. Consultations are free. Call us at 205.454.7500.
Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature or gender based that is based on power (your supervisor, manager, etc) requesting a sexual favor for a better working conditions (quid pro quo) that results in a hostile environment. The employer or supervisor may engage in retaliation if the conduct is refused.
Sexual Harassment is also any intentional touching of a sexual nature, however slight, with any object, by one person upon another without the consent of the party being touched, OR by force.
Sexual exploitation occurs when an individual takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for the "taker's" advantage or benefit, or for someone else's benefit.
Most businesses have a plan in place for dealing with sexual harassment on the job. The Human Resources officer may be the "contact" person for your employer. READ YOUR EMPLOYEE MANUAL CAREFULLY and follow the procedures in the manual to report sexual harassment. Your employer has to have an opportunity to rectify and stop this behavior.
SAVE THE EVIDENCE! Collect and save all voicemails, voice recordings, video recordings, emails, letters, pictures and other items of the unwanted conduct so you can prove your case! Your SMARTPHONE is one of the best investigative tools you will ever possess. If the conduct happens in the parking lot, keep your cellphone video or audio recording device ON when you leave the work area or building and TAPE EVERYTHING! Forward all emails to a personal email account that is NOT controlled by your employer so you can preserve that evidence. **Make sure you have thoroughly read the employment manual or contract to see if your work place has restrictions on recording.
The workplace harassment lawyers at the Ford Firm can help you navigate theses situations. Do not delay.
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Let's break down the behaviors that constitute sexual harassment into three categories: Verbal, Nonverbal and Physical.
1. Verbal forms of Sexual Harassment.
Threats or bribes for unwanted sexual activity.
Sexual or derogatory comments or innuendos.
Sexual jokes or rumors.
Sexually suggestive sounds.
Letters, notes, telephone calls, and other materials of a sexual nature.
2. Nonverbal forms of sexual harassment.
Ogling or leering.
Pointing or winking.
Sexually suggestive gestures, facial expressions, or bodily movements.
Humiliating or degrading images of a sexual nature, including clandestine or altered digital photos or video clips.
3. Physical Sexual Harassment.
Touching, stroking, squeezing, pinching, groping, patting, tickling or brushing against someone.
Pulling or snapping a female's bra.
Pulling up someone's skirt or reaching underneath the skirt, pulling down someone's pants or shorts.
Attempting or accomplishing a sexual assault.
There is many other types of conduct that can be interpreted as sexual harassment. If you believe you are being subjected to sexual harassment at work, call the Ford Firm's Tuscaloosa or Birmingham Sexual Harassment Lawyers to help you with advice and determining the correct course of action. Call 205.454.7500.