Sexual Harassment and Discrimination
Allegations of workplace misconduct stemming from sexual harassment, age discrimination, gender discrimination or religious discrimination severely damage workplace morale and, if proven, can have serious consequences including the possibility of an award of legal fees to the complaining party.
Recently, allegations of sexual harassment have dominated the media. However, finding the truth of the matter can often be difficult, emotionally wrenching and disruptive to all who are involved. Having an experienced employment law attorney on your side is critical. Whether you think you have been harassed and want to know your options or whether you are defending yourself against an allegation of discrimination, having the right team in your corner is important. At Sauro & Bergstrom we know that just because someone claims to have been discriminated against or sexually harassed does not make it true. We also know that those who have truly faced discrimination or sexual harassment deserve to have their claims aggressively prosecuted.
Whether you need help defending yourself or your company from wrongful allegations, investigating allegations to determine an appropriate course of action or assistance prosecuting your sexual harassment claim, the attorneys at Sauro & Bergstrom have the experience and training to help you. Our principals have defended wrongfully accused employers, represented victims in their quest for justice, investigated workplace allegations to determine and provided workplace training on sensitivity issues. Sauro & Bergstrom is there to help.
According to the law it is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Harassment can also include offensive remarks about a person’s sex, race, national origin or age. Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.
Where is the line? Simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious are not actionable. However, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted). The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.
To learn more about how Sauro & Bergstrom PLLC can help you with your employment law needs, please call us at 651-389-9915 for a free consultation. You may also fill out our contact form and someone from our office will contact you.