South Carolina Employment Attorney Represents Victims of Sexual Harassment
Skilled lawyer protects workers in the Charleston area from unfair treatment
Sexual harassment is an assault on a person’s dignity and worth. It can be emotionally scarring and even physically debilitating. Despite efforts to eliminate sexual harassment from the workplace, offending behavior continues. If you are being sexually harassed at your job, it's important to know that you have recourse through the law. At Ortner Law Firm, LLC, I represent employees in the Charleston area and throughout South Carolina who have been subjected to this form of discrimination by supervisors, co-workers or others with whom they work. I will seek remedies that uphold your right to work in an environment free of harassment and hold the responsible parties accountable when they violate the law.
Proven South Carolina adviser explains your rights when faced with sexual harassment
Sexual harassment is recognized as a form of discrimination prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It exists when unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature are linked to employment or career advancement, or simply make one’s job intolerable.
- Quid pro quo — In this type of sexual harassment, a supervisor requests sexual favors from an employee in return for that employee's continued employment or career advancement. This quid pro quo (this for that) exchange can be explicitly stated or merely implied by the overall circumstances.
- Hostile work environment — This type of sexual harassment involves unwanted sexual conduct that interferes with an individual's work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment. When an employee's ability to do her job is compromised by the sexual conduct she must see, hear or suffer, she may have a case for sexual harassment.
- The unwelcome question — The sticking point for all sexual harassment claims is that the conduct must be unwelcome. Office flirtations and romances, even between a worker and a supervisor, are not harassment when they are fully consensual. Therefore, it is important for a victim to take reasonable steps to establish his or her objection to the behavior.
- Same-sex sexual harassment — Sexual harassment can involve members of the opposite sex or same sex. The law makes no distinction based on gender.
I treat all accusations of sexual misconduct seriously and will work tirelessly to represent your rights.
Dedicated advocate seeks remedies to compensate and restore victims
When you've been subjected to sexual harassment at work, I will seek damages on your behalf, which may include these:
- Back pay — I will press for wages, salary, and fringe benefits that you would have received from the point at which you were denied employment or promotion up to the date of the conclusion of your case.
- Compensatory damages — My firm will work to compensate you for the emotional distress, pain and suffering, and mental anguish the illegal discrimination has caused you.
- Attorney's fees — These fees may be compensable at the court’s discretion.
- Punitive damages — When your employer's behavior was intentional, with malice or reckless indifference toward you, I will seek punitive damages.
- Front pay — I will also seek compensation for anticipated future losses in cases where reinstatement is not practical.
Injunctive relief, including reinstating a fired employee or ordering the employer to change policies and practices that allowed the harassment to occur, is also available to sexual harassment plaintiffs. I am committed to obtaining the relief and remedies you deserve.
Contact an experienced South Carolina employment attorney for your sexual harassment claim
If you are being victimized by sexual harassment at work, Ortner Law Firm, LLC will assert your rights under the law to seek remedy against this form of discrimination. Call my Charleston office at 843-405-0574 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation.