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How Common Is Workplace Harassment?
The number of charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) each year on behalf of employees all around the United State Of America is unclear. It might be tough to determine accurate workplace harassment statistics. Every year, the EEOC investigates thousands of harassment claims from employees all over the United States. The EEOC receives an average of about 82,847 workplace discrimination claims every year during the previous five years.
Unfortunately, the majority of people do not report workplace harassment. According to insight, an estimated 72% of employees who experience sexual harassment in the workplace do not report it, despite the fact that 82 per cent of women have previously experienced sexual harassment. As a result, the EEOC’s annual workplace harassment statistics are most likely only capturing a small fraction of the actual number of incidents nationwide.
Having a lawyer from Texas Personal Injury Lawyers on your side who is familiar with the state and federal legislation that relates to workplace harassment cases in Texas can make a big difference in the outcome of your case. For example, your lawyer from Texas Personal Injury Lawyers can ensure that you are completely aware of all legal options available to you and act as your representative with your employer, the EEOC, and any other state or federal agency investigating your harassment claim.
The Most Common Workplace Harassment Complaints Include
- Workplace retaliation (53.8% of complaints received by the EEOC)
- Harassment or discrimination due to someone’s legally-protected disability (33.4% of EEOC complaints)
- Harassment or discrimination due to someone’s race (33%)
- Sexual harassment (32.4%)
- Age discrimination (21.4%)
- Harassment or discrimination due to someone’s national origin (9.6%)
- Racial discrimination or harassment (4.7%)
- Religious harassment or discrimination (3.7%)
- Equal pay discrimination (1.5%)
These are just some of the most common types of workplace harassment cases. There are many other types of cases. And each one requires its own unique strategy and approach depending on the specific circumstances of each incident.
What Should Workers Do If They Are Sexually Harassed At Work?
If you are being harassed at work, you should take certain measures right away to protect your rights and perhaps end the abuse. In reaction to workplace harassment, the EEOC recommends that you follow the following procedures:
- Tell the individual abusive to stop if you are able to do so.
- Tell your supervisor if you are being harassed if you are not comfortable confronting the individual.
You have the option of pursuing legal action against them, as well. You also have the option of filing a formal complaint with the EEOC. Depending on your circumstances, certain deadlines (typically 180 to 300 days from the date of the incident) may apply for submitting a formal complaint. On the EEOC’s website, you can find out more about these deadlines and how to go through the agency’s formal complaint procedure.
If you are being harassed at work, the following actions are other recommended action to take:
- Keep track of the date and place each incident occurred, as well as those who were there at the time. Include whether anyone was there at the time who could testify to what occurred.
- Make a copy of any offensive emails or other written correspondence you receive, and store such papers in a safe location if your case involves being harassed through email or anything else. This can be strong evidence of the mistreatment you have suffered at the workplace.
- Take photos of any problematic material (such as objectionable language written near your desk) before it is removed or destroyed if it involves anything visual.
Do you have no idea what to do next? If you’re unsure, contact a lawyer. The sooner you contact an experienced workplace harassment attorney, the better.
Contact Texas Workplace Harassment Lawyers
A lawyer on your side from Texas Personal Injury Lawyers who are familiar with the state and federal laws that apply to workplace harassment claims in your region may make a significant impact on your case’s outcome. Your attorney can also ensure that you are fully aware of all legal alternatives available to you and act as your voice for justice with your employer, the EEOC, and any other state or federal agency dealing with your claim.
Texas Personal Injury Lawyers have years of expertise dealing with difficult workplace harassment claims throughout the state. We’re familiar with the state and federal laws that apply to businesses and employees in Texas, which allows us to give you guidance on how to proceed in your case.
Please visit our website for a detailed description of your rights and options if you are the target of workplace discrimination or harassment. Contact Texas Personal Injury Lawyers now to schedule your free case evaluation with one of our highly experienced attorneys.
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