Putnam County Sexual Harassment Attorneys
Helping You Protect Your Rights & Find Safety
If you're involved in a sexual harassment case, it can be difficult to know what steps you should take to protect yourself and pursue legal action against the harasser.
At Addair Law Office, PLLC, our Putnam County sexual harassment lawyers are here to help you find the best path forward in your legal dispute. We'll work with you to understand the details of your case and pursue an outcome that helps you reestablish a happy, healthy life.
To schedule a consultation with our team or learn more about our services, contact us onlineor via phone at (304) 491-4033.
What Is Sexual Harassment?
West Virginia Admin. Code, Section 77-4-1 defines sexual harassment as "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature."
Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of environments, including in public, at school, and in the workplace. While West Virginia lacks criminal laws for sexual harassment in schools and workplaces, sexual harassment is a civil rights violation, and individuals who commit sexual harassment may be subject to various legal penalties.
Someone Is Harassing Me—What Should I Do?
If someone is targeting you with sexual harassment, there are a few things you should do:
- Let them know you disapprove of their conduct. If it's not safe for you to do so, you should contact an authority figure who can help you. At work, this may be a human resources professional. At school, consider speaking with an administrator. If you are being harassed by a family member, ex-significant other, or another individual, contact law enforcement.
- Gather evidence. Possessing evidence of how, when, and where the sexual harassment occurred can help you or an authority figure take action against the offender. If they send you texts or emails, make copies. If the harasser communicates verbally, consider trying to take a recording or video of what they say.
- Seek additional assistance if you don't feel safe. You can file a lawsuit against your harasser under federal laws if you don't believe your claims are being taken seriously or worry that the harasser could escalate their behavior. Filing a lawsuit may help lead towards other actions, such as acquiring a restraining order, that can help you stay safe.
Additionally, you should consider speaking with professionals who help victims/survivors of sexual harassment and assault. Speaking with a mental health professional, such as a psychologist, can help you process the event and minimize stress. If you believe the harasser may escalate their behavior and threaten your physical safety, talking with law enforcement officers and professionals at a local crisis center can help you formulate a plan to stay safe.
At Addair Law Office, PLLC, our Putnam County sexual assault attorneys are committed to helping clients throughout Cabell and Putnam County stay safe and pursue justice in your case.
To schedule a consultation with our team and learn more about our services, contact us onlineor via phone at (304) 491-4033.