Win Sexual Harassment Cases in Peoria IL

Do your employers or coworkers make inappropriate comments behind your back? Have members of your company ever made sexual advances towards you? If this sounds familiar, you’ve faced sexual harassment, and have the right to take legal action. At Benassi & Benassi, P.C., we’ve dealt with numerous sexual harassment cases in Peoria IL and across the state.

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Based on how your employers have handled sexual harassment at your workplace, Benassi & Benassi, P.C. can take the legal steps needed to solve any issue.

Quid Pro Quo or Hostile Work Environment

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment entails two types: “quid pro quo” or “hostile work environment.”

Quid Pro Quo

In a Quid Pro Quo situation, the accused offers special treatment for the accuser in return for unseemly favors. These favors can range from seeming minor to being extremely forward. For example, some favors may include:

  • An employer asking you over for dinner and offering to discuss advancement.
  • Letting an employer flirt with you to keep your position at your company.
  • Performing sexual favors for an employer when they offer extra benefits, raises or better shifts.

Hostile Work Environment

With a hostile work environment, the speech and actions of coworkers or employers become so volatile and constant towards you that it makes a harsh and threatening environment at work. For example, these situations include:

  • Inappropriate comments.
  • Sexually oriented jokes.
  • Unwelcome touching.
  • Unwanted leering or staring.
  • Making sexual gestures.
  • And More.

Defense Against Retaliation

One of the main reasons people fail to report sexual harassment at work is for fear of retaliation. However, you have no need to worry. Illinois state law and the Attorneys at Benassi & Benassi, P.C. work to protect you when reporting sexual harassment.

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Retaliation against an employee who speaks up about harassment is forbidden under state and federal law. You’re also covered if assisting in an investigation or hearing where another employee has complained about sexual harassment. And for extra relief, Benassi & Benassi, P.C. will guide you throughout the process to a successful outcome.

File a Claim

If enough is enough and your sexual harassment has not been taken seriously, it’s time to file a claim. Benassi & Benassi, P.C. will help you gather the needed evidence to move forward with proper legal action. Additionally, there are a few items we would need from you:

  • Documentation of incidents or comments made towards you over the course of the harassment.
  • Copies of suggestive emails, letters, notes, texts, etc.
  • Copies of complaints, if any, made to supervisors or the HR department.

A Sexual Harassment Lawyer with Your Needs in Mind

If you suspect you were denied a raise or promotion, were fired for refusing sexual favors or have faced inappropriate comments and actions at your workplace, it’s time to act. Benassi & Benassi, P.C. can solve your sexual harassment issues, and help create a safe and friendly work environment for you and your coworkers. Call us today at (309) 517-1363. Also, we are located at 300 N.E., Perry Ave., Peoria, IL 61603.