Retaliation Claim

The Law Office of Jim Zadeh has represented victims of sexual harassment for over 15 years. One of the common things that we see happen is that our client or potential client gets the courage to speak up against the harasser, by coming forward and telling their employer. Once the employer knows, they should conduct an investigation, and in that investigation, they should speak to the alleged harasser.  Sometimes due to this investigation what could happen is that the harasser confronts you by verbally or physically threating you or perhaps they just snub you in a way that makes it difficult for you to work.  This is called retaliation, and this is against the law and cannot happen, but that does happen on many occasions.  If you're the victim of sexual harassment and you report it to the company, and your harasser confronts you about telling, then you need to go back to HR or wherever you made your initial complaint and let them know that you have been retaliated against.  Let them know that you went to them in good faith to make this complaint, and they did not protect you by keeping the confidentiality because the assaulter verbally or physically came after you, and you should ask them to take care of it.  The company should then do the right thing, but if they don't do the right thing and the retaliation continues, then you have a claim against the company for retaliation, and at that point you should seek counsel, so that you can follow all the administrative requirements to file a complaint against the company.

Jim M. Zadeh
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