El Paso Sexual Harassment Lawsuits

Defending the Civil Rights of Clients in Texas

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination. In the workplace, sexual harassment occurs when a company supervisor, co-worker, client, or customer behaves in a way that makes your work environment intolerable.

Although sexual harassment incidents at work are widespread, it is illegal under federal and Texas state law for employers to tolerate such incidents. In fact, you have the right to legal recourse if you have been sexually harassed at work.

At Guerra & Farah, PLLC, our employment law attorneys are committed to pursuing compensation on behalf of those who have experienced sexual harassment in El Paso and other communities in the state of Texas.

Our team of professionals is here to assist with your legal needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call (888) 470-9772 today to schedule an appointment.

What Is Considered Sexual Harassment?

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in order for behavior to be considered sexual harassment, the conduct must occur so frequently or be so severe that it creates a hostile work environment.

The behavior in question must also result in negative employment consequences, such as adverse actions being taken against the complainant. This can include:

  • Demotion
  • Termination
  • Other penalties related to the employee's rejection of unwanted sexual advances

Sexual harassment can extend beyond requests for sexual favors or unwanted sexually implicit innuendos, it can also occur when derogatory comments are made about a person's gender or through discussions of a sexual nature which make employees in the workplace feel uncomfortable.

Sexual Harassment Examples

As we’ve discussed, sexual harassment can take many forms, but in general, it is divided into two main categories:

  • Quid Pro Quo: Job benefits or special treatment offered in exchange for sexual favors or for accepting sexual advances are considered quid pro quo, which means "one thing for another." When an employee refuses such a sexual proposition from a superior, they can face adverse consequences, like being demoted, denied a promotion, fired, or having their wages reduced.
  • Hostile Work Environment: The crucial element of a hostile work environment is the repeated aspect of sex discrimination or offensive behavior. The biggest factor in these types of cases is the frequency of physical contact, sexual remarks, or offensive comments based on the person's sex. Isolated incidents do not generally meet the criteria for sexual harassment unless the behavior is extreme.

What Should I Do if I’ve Been Harassed at Work?

If you have been sexually harassed at work, you should speak with the Human Resources representatives of the company. By taking this step, the company will have opportunity to remedy the situation. However, if the company doesn’t adequately address the issue, you can file a complaint with the EEOC or Texas Commission on Human Rights. You can pursue a lawsuit for sexual harassment in both state and federal courts.

Get Help From Our El Paso Attorneys Today

Our skilled employment lawyers can review the details of your complaint and offer you advice on the best course of legal action to take. We are committed to helping clients across Texas secure justice, and in some cases, we might be able to pursue monetary damages for emotional pain and suffering, attorney fees, court costs, and punitive damages. Let us fight for your rights today.

Call (888) 470-9772 to set up your appointmentwith an El Paso sexual harassment lawyer. We can help you 24/7.