Workplace Sexual Assault Attorneys
In 2016, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released a comprehensive study of workplace harassment and assault. They found that up to 85% of women in the workplace experienced some form of sexual harassment but up to 75% of these incidents go unreported. Even more shocking is that 75% of victims who come forward experience some sort of retaliation by their employer or by other coworkers. If you or someone you love has experienced sexual assault in the workplace, contact the dedicated workplace sexual assault attorneys at the Gold Law Firm for a free, confidential consultation so you can learn what your legal options are.
When Sexual Harassment becomes Sexual Assault
Businesses that turn a blind eye to sexual harassment create an environment that is ripe for sexual assault. Harassers become emboldened when they aren’t prosecuted or reprimanded, and victims remain silent because no one takes steps to protect them. What starts as sexual jokes or inappropriate emails can quickly escalate into sexual assault. If your boss, another co-worker, or employee has sexually assaulted you, then you have the right to seek justice and hold them accountable.
What Constitutes Sexual Assault at Work?
If someone at work uses their position of power, or coerces you into having sex or performing sexual acts out of fear of losing your job, that is considered sexual assault. If someone physically forces you to perform a sexual act, undresses in front of you, or touches your breasts or genitals without consent, that is also sexual assault. Some incidents of sexual assault may need to be prosecuted both civilly and criminally, so it is important to report the incident as soon as possible.
It is important to know that sexual assault in the workplace does not have to occur in the office. It can also occur after hours or on a business trip, and it can even be in your own home. Many sexual assault victims mistakenly believe that if they invited their boss or co-worker into their home, then they were somehow complicit. This is far from the truth. Consent is key in any sexual assault case and consent must be given freely and given the entire time.
What to Do if You’ve Been a Victim of Sexual Assault at Work?
If you’ve been sexually assaulted at work, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Have your injuries or your trauma documented by a medical professional and then seek legal help. At the Gold Law Firm, our sexual assault victims attorneys are ready and willing to fight for you and protect you from further abuse. We can help you report the sexual assault and prevent your abuser from retaliating against you. We can also help you file a civil suit and collect the money you need to put your life back together again.
Contact Our Denver Sexual Assault Victims Rights Attorneys Today
If you or someone you love has been a victim of sexual assault in the workplace, our attorneys are ready and willing to help you seek justice. At the Gold Law Firm, our Denver sexual assault victims rights attorneys are passionate about representing survivors of sexual assault and holding negligent business owners and corporations responsible for creating environments where sexual assault is allowed to flourish. We have the experience and the resources needed to fight for you. Contact the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303)-694-4653.