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Alan Lescht and Associates represents federal government employees in sexual harassment cases.
Sexual harassment is a type of sex discrimination that involves unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, such as sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and touching. It can range from explicit requests for sexual favors to constant sexual jokes and innuendo. Too often, sexual harassment goes unreported because victims fear retaliation.
There are several different forms of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment may result in an adverse employment action, such as non-selection for a job, demotion, denial of promotion, or termination of employment. However, sexual harassment may be illegal even if there is no adverse employment action; this is called hostile work environment. Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when an employer gives an employee something, such as a raise or a promotion, if the employee submits to the unwelcome sexual advances, demands, or conduct.
You have the right to feel safe at work. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a federal law that prohibits sexual harassment by covered employers, including the federal government. It also makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who complain about discrimination, including sexual harassment.
For federal employees, the first step in a sexual harassment case is to contact your agency’s EEO counselor. After that, you have the right to file a formal complaint of discrimination. The agency will have 180 days to investigate your claims. The investigator should interview witnesses and collect documents. At the end of the investigation, you will receive a copy of the report of investigation (ROI) and a letter about your options for pursuing your claims. You may request a final agency decision (FAD), request a hearing before an EEOC administrative judge, or file a lawsuit in federal district court.
One time is one too many. If you are the victim of sexual harassment, or were retaliated against for asserting your rights, we can help. We can determine if you have a claim for sexual harassment, explain your rights, and give you legal advice about how to seek justice against your harasser. Alan Lescht and Associates represents federal government employees in the following matters:
Send us an email or call us at (202) 463-6036 to speak with an experienced employment attorney. Alan Lescht and Associates offers strategic and results-driven legal services to federal government employees around the world.
Our client formerly worked for the District of Columbia’s Oak Hill Youth Center. Her supervisor frequently sexually harassed her in the workplace, leading our client to quit her job. After filing suit, we persuaded a jury that Defendant’s unlawful sexual harassment caused our client to quit her job and suffer extreme distress. The jury awarded $400,000 in damages.
We represented four female servers who formerly worked at Bonanza Steakhouse. These employees alleged that the restaurant manager sexually harassed them in the workplace. We filed suit and obtained a $200,000 jury verdict following a two and a half day trial. The jury awarded each plaintiff $50,000 in damages.