Sexual Harassment Attorney Nashville Tennessee
Every person has the right to a workplace free of sexual harassment and race discrimination. Despite laws protecting American workers from such behavior, legal cases involving these issues are common. Parker & Crofford is committed to attaining justice for employees who have suffered harassment or discrimination on the job.
Harassment cases are handled on a contingency-fee basis. You pay no attorney fees unless Parker & Crofford obtains a settlement or jury verdict in your favor.
Nashville Harassment Attorneys
Sexual harassment is unacceptable in any environment—especially the workplace. When an individual is harassed, it can affect their job performance and interfere with their happiness both on and off the job.
What is sexual harassment?
Examples of sexual harassment include any unwelcome comments, actions, or behaviors that unreasonably hinder your ability to enjoy and perform your job, such as—
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Requests for sexual favors
- Verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
You can still be considered a victim of sexual harassment in Nashville even if you previously had a voluntary, consensual relationship with the individual harassing you. Additionally, most courts limit the admissibility of conduct unrelated to the sexual harassment case.
However, not every comment of a sexual nature or action that could be construed as suggestive constitutes sexual harassment. The court determines if the activity is objectively and subjectively offensive to the individual employee and if a hostile work environment exists by considering—
- The number of times offensive comments or actions have occurred; a pattern of inappropriate behavior is typically required to establish a hostile work environment
- If the conduct is bad enough, such as groping an employee; the court may require only one instance to meet the hostile work environment requirement
- Whether the employee bringing the claim has knowledge that other employees were exposed to sexually offensive conduct
If you believe you have been sexually harassed you should—
- Report the conduct to your employer immediately in writing. This puts the employer on notice to take prompt action to prevent continued harassment. It also prevents the employer from claiming a lack of notice as a defense for not stopping the harassment.
- Keep a copy of your notice to the employer and a report of the harassing conduct for your records.
Sexual harassment in Tennessee
For sexual harassment claims in Tennessee—
- A federal cause of action must be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 300 days
- A state cause of action must be filed within one year
In some instances, additional steps are required with further time limits; contact a skilled sexual harassment lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Parker & Crofford for assistance in determining if your case should be filed in state or federal court.
Racial discrimination or harassment
Race discrimination, like other forms of discrimination or harassment, is barred by two federal laws. Title VII and 42 USC §1981 make it illegal for employers—including state and local governments—to base employment decisions on an individual’s race. Tennessee also has a statute that protects minorities from discrimination and harassment at work.
Racial discrimination includes—
- Racial harassment
- Failure to hire or promote
- Creation of a hostile work environment regarding race
- Termination due to race
For racial discrimination and harassment claims in Tennessee—