Sexual harassment by a manager or co-worker

If you've been sexually harassed or sexually assaulted at work, you may have a claim against your employer for negligent hiring or negligent supervision. Sometimes an employer hires someone it knows or should know has dangerous tendencies. Sometimes an employer learns that an employee is dangerous after hiring him. If the employer unreasonably hires or retains someone who is dangerous, and that person later sexually harasses or assaults another person at work, the employer can be held liable for negligence. We have experience representing victims of sexual assault or harassment in the workplace and helping them get the treatment and compensation they deserve. Call 412-258-2250, text 412-498-4120 or email [email protected] and get a free consultation with Charles A. Lamberton, one of Pittsburgh top sexual harassment lawyers.

Risk factors for sexual harassment

Working in an isolated context. Isolation leaves women vulnerable to abusers who feel emboldened by a lack of witnesses. Frontline reported in 2015 that ABM (described as the largest employer of janitors) had 42 lawsuits brought against it in the previous two decades for allegations of workplace sexual harassment, assault, or rape. Working in a male-dominated job. Women working in occupations where they are a small minority, particularly in very physical environments or environments focused on traditionally male-oriented tasks are especially vulnerable to harassment and assault. In a survey from the early 1990s, close to six in ten women working in construction report being touched or asked for sex. A recent National Academy of Sciences study documented high levels of harassment of women faculty and staff in academia in science, engineering, and medicine, with women in academic medicine reporting more frequent gender harassment than their female colleagues in science and engineering. Working in a setting with significant power differentials and “rainmakers.” Many workplaces have significant power disparities between workers. These power imbalances, particularly given women’s lower likelihood of being in the senior positions, are a risk factor for sexual harassment and assault. Workers in more junior positions may be especially...

Why I hate sexual harassers

I hate sexual harassers because I hate bullies. I hate them because they exploit physical and economic power over women. I hate them because they choose not to control themselves. I hate them because they disrespect women. I hate them because they make the world a less fair and less safe place. When I represent a woman in a sexual harassment case, while I may be wearing a suit and tie, this is the man underneath who fights for her. He runs five miles a day and benches 250 lbs.