In recent years there has been considerable progress in the realm of sexual harassment, with the #metoo movement helping to spark important conversations while establishing new standards of accountability.
Yet despite this progress, sexual harassment remains a significant and deeply entrenched problem that affects thousands of residents in Connecticut and beyond.
There is good news, however: Sexual harassment victims are strongly protected by a variety of state and federal laws. However, if you have been a victim of some form of sexual harassment, it is imperative that you know how these laws work — and how an experienced Connecticut sexual harassment attorney can help you seek justice under those laws.
Sexual Harassment Laws in Connecticut
It’s important that we don’t trivialize the problem of sexual harassment within the workplace, as such actions can have deeply painful emotional and financial repercussions. Sexual harassment can jeopardize a victim’s ability to make a living, and lead to unwanted mental pain and suffering.
Sexual harassment commonly manifests itself in the following ways: Unwanted advances, inappropriate sexualized language, unwanted or improper physical contact that creates an atmosphere of hostility or intimidation.
Workers in Connecticut are protected from sexual harassment under a variety of state and local laws. In 2019, the state legislature passed the “Time’s Up” Act, which expanded existing state sexual harassment laws and mandated sexual harassment training for workers who are employed by companies with more than three people.
Additionally, the 2019 act:
- Banned certain adverse actions against employees who make a claim
- Extended the statute of limitations to make a claim to 300 days, up from 180
- Allowed courts to impose punitive damages in discrimination cases
- Allowed employees to recoup legal costs associated with a sexual harassment claim
Workers are also protected by Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal to harass anyone based on sex, gender or sexual orientation.
Victims of such harassment should first file a written complaint with management before seeking a remedy with the appropriate state or federal agency, such as the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.
After a complaint is filed, an investigation will be initiated that grants the opposing party an opportunity for a response to the complaint. If the response is insufficient — or it appears a violation of the law took place — litigation may be the next step.
The Benefits of Working With an Experienced Connecticut Sexual Harassment Law Firm
Sexual harassment litigation is often very complex, given that memories may differ and interpretations of events may clash. Pursuing a complaint can be time-consuming and certain protocols must be followed, such as filing cases within the allowed time limit. An attorney who is experienced in such matters can help victims navigate this often difficult process.
At Brickley Law, we are strong and experienced advocates for victims of sexual harassment. Please contact us today for a free, private and timely consultation.
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