Sexual harassment is a serious issue in the workplace and must be taken seriously when an employee reports it. Upon receiving a complaint, the employer has a legal obligation to investigate it thoroughly without delay.
This isn’t a situation where the employer can bide their time and decide what option would be in their best interests. The employer has a duty to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation.
Despite this rather clear obligation, some employers may hesitate or give an appearance of doing something when really they are doing nothing at all.
The employee may be told that management and human resources are looking into the matter, but weeks and months pass by with minor or no developments. This is a process that does take time, but it should shoot to the top of every involved individual’s list of priorities. The employee may eventually be told the complaint has no merit.
Consult with an Attorney
If you feel that a reasonable amount of time has passed since you made your report and your company has taken no action, refuses to inform you of what’s going on, or has decided your claim has no merit, you should consult with an attorney..
If by chance you are reading this before reporting an incident to your employer, consider speaking with an attorney first who can advise you through this process. Securing legal representation as soon as possible can help you understand what should be going on and how long is “too long” for your employer to thoroughly investigate your claims and take action to protect you.
Reach out to Us for a Free Consultation
If you need to report sexual harassment or think your employer isn’t taking your complaint seriously, reach out to Haeggquist & Eck, LLP for assistance. Our employment law firm often represents clients who need to fight for fair and just compensation after experiencing sexual harassment at work. We can help you hold your employer accountable and get what you deserve after your rights have been violated.
Reach out to us today to schedule a free initial consultation. You can get in touch with someone who can help by calling (619) 468-5222 or by contacting us online.