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Sexual harassment claims should be filed quickly

On Behalf of | Oct 24, 2019 | Sexual Harassment At Work

There are several reasons for a Florida worker to bring a sexual harassment claim sooner rather than later. The longer someone waits to report an instance of sexual harassment in the workplace, the more likely it is that others are being harassed in the interim. By reporting quickly after the event, the perpetrator may be forced to change his or her behavior before others can be harmed. Additionally, a long period of time between the harassing event and the report being filed can have negative effects on the claim.

People will sometimes question the veracity of a claim based on nothing more than a delay in bringing it. A delay may also result in the claimant forgetting details of the event, and filing a report quickly is the best way to be certain that all of the relevant facts are properly documented. It’s best if the person can provide their human resources department with all of the information available, including the exact time and date of the event and a detailed account of what happened.

Another important reason is the statute of limitations on complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Depending on the applicable laws in a particular case, the statute of limitations may be as short as 180 days for sexual harassment claims. Waiting longer than that to seek action may result in the claim being time-barred.

Boca Raton, Florida, Sexual Harassment Legal Assistance might be able to help people understand the laws that impact their situation. Employees have the right to a safe working environment, and a person who is harassed may be entitled to changes at work or monetary compensation. A legal action may also result in punishment for the harasser. An attorney might negotiate a settlement with the employer or draft and file a complaint in civil court for the client.