Sexual harassment in the workplace is, and remains, a huge problem in our society. It is emotionally devastating for anyone to go through that process. The first thing I do is provide empathy to people that are calling me and asking about whether or not what they’re experiencing constitutes sexual harassment.
Then what we do thoroughly is get all the background facts and understand exactly what has occurred, how we can prove it, and how we can hold the employer accountable. What I want to know in that process is how frequent the harassing comments, statements, behavior have occurred. Is this an occasion where there’s what’s known as quid pro quo harassment, which means an employer is specifically conditioning advancement in the workplace or continued employment on sexual favors? That still happens.
What we do is we will understand all of the facts as early as possible in the process and then begin to assist our client in raising those facts internally if they’re still employed, or if they’re not, holding the employer accountable for what’s happened.
About Larry Schaefer
Lawrence P. Schaefer has earned the respect of judges and other lawyers for his thorough and aggressive client advocacy in negotiation and litigation. He focuses exclusively on representing people who have been subject to employment discrimination at work. Larry serves as the firm’s President and head of litigation. Learn more >
About Toni Halleen
Toni has practiced employment law since graduating from law school in 1988. The field appeals to her because in our society, our jobs can be core to our identity and well-being. Even in her early years in the 70s and 80s, Toni remembers being drawn to ideals of justice, fairness, and social equality in attending anti-discrimination marches, participating in school activism, and admiring the political satire of the Smothers Brothers (and others). Learn more >