Are Sexual Harassment Complaints Confidential?
Southern California Sexual Harassment Lawyers
If you have been the victim of sexual harassment at work, you may be leery of filing a formal complaint within the organization for privacy reasons. Confidentiality is a legitimate concern. You may fear the repercussions of making such a complaint, such as creating further hostility from the offender, other co-workers, or your supervisor. You are protected under law, however, from retaliation for making a complaint about sexual harassment or for participating in an investigation concerning it.
In most organizations, confidentiality in these matters is supposed to be maintained. Sometimes, however, it cannot be guaranteed. In making a workplace sexual harassment complaint, an investigation into your claim may be conducted by the proper staff which may unintentionally compromise your confidentiality. The offender may need to be interviewed as well as other witnesses.
In understanding your options at work, you should discuss the matter with an appropriate staff member who can answer your questions and advise you on the policies and practices that your organization uses in these situations. It is, however, imperative that your harasser understands that you do not welcome his or her behavior with clear and prompt action on your part. It is also a must to let your employer know that the situation exists so that it can be corrected organizationally.
Get Experienced Help from a Southern California Sexual Harassment Lawyer
Sexual harassment in the workplace is against the law. Remember that both state and federal law have been written to protect you in this matter. If your employer is violating these laws, then you may have to seek legal recourse outside of the organization. If you do make a formal complaint of workplace sexual harassment to the proper person at work and it is ignored, you should get the legal advice and guidance you need from a Southern California sexual harassment attorney at Spray, Gould & Bowers LLP. We know the laws in these matters and can initiate legal action on your behalf in legitimate cases of sexual harassment.
You shouldn't have to worry about confidentiality and any repercussions because of a justified complaint of sexual harassment. The law is on your side and one of our experienced attorneys can address your concerns and provide you with the answers you need. Your consultation with us is always confidential.
Contact a Southern California sexual harassment lawyer
if you have not been satisfied with the actions or inactions of a sexual harassment complaint at work or if you are afraid to make one.