The #MeToo Movement and Civil Lawsuits

2018 saw the rise of a new movement – the #MeToo movement. Women began to disclose experiences of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. A chorus of victims stepped forward. The #MeToo movement started in October 2017 on social media. As a result of the movement, criminal cases have been brought against some of those accused of abuse.

The complaints of sexual harassment and abuse have involved workers in the following professions:

  • The entertainment industry
  • Fashion
  • Churches
  • Education
  • The financial sector
  • Politics
  • Sports
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • The military
  • Other professions

The complaints have also brought to the fore the rights of women who are abused to assert those rights in state and federal courts and before federal agencies. It has also helped bring about new laws such as the requirement in California that publicly traded companies have at least one woman on the board of directors. Some states, including California, have begun to ban non-disclosure agreements that prevent a victim from testifying in court if they settle their claim. States are beginning to ban mandatory arbitration which can help hide sexual abuse in the workplace.

Remedies for sexual harassment and abuse

Most cases for sexual harassment are based on the creation of a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment arises when employers create a work environment where an employee feels the need to quit, where the employee’s work suffers, or where the employee suffers emotional harm – due to the sexual behavior.

Workers who suffer sexual harassment can file lawsuits for:

  • Job reinstatement
  • Lost wages and lost benefits
  • The emotional distress of having to suffer intolerable workplace conditions
  • If a law was violated, the employee may be entitled to statutory fines and legal fees.
  • Experienced sexual harassment lawyers also demand employers pay punitive damages to deter future irresponsible conduct

Abused and harassed workers can also file complaints before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC is a federal agency that handles discrimination complaints.

Our sexual harassment and sexual abuse lawyers are ready to help you get justice

There’s no excuse for sexual harassment or sexual abuse in the workplace. All such action must stop immediately. One way to stop employers from abusing their position of power to hire, fire, and control workers is to make them pay damages through a civil lawsuit. At the law offices of Stephen Danz & Associates, we have 30 years of experience holding employers accountable for employer misconduct. We have numerous women lawyers and staff who are strong advocates for women. To learn what your rights are, call us at (877) 789-9707 to make an appointment. Se Habla Espanol.