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What to consider when filing a sexual harassment claim

Workers in Missouri may have recourse if they experience sexual harassment at work. Sexual harassment could include inappropriate comments made by a manager or inappropriate touching by anyone associated with the organization. While there is no time limit to report a claim to an employer, it is generally a good idea to do so as quickly as possible. This may prevent others within the company from questioning a victim's motives.

Quick action could also prevent a perpetrator from victimizing other people in an organization. Those who are planning on filing a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may need to do so within 180 days. However, victims might be able to make a claim up to 300 days after an incident takes place. The statute of limitations will depend on the law in the state where the harassment occurred.

A victim may have greater success in obtaining a favorable outcome in a harassment case by providing as many details as possible. Ideally, someone who alleges sexual harassment or a sexual assault will provide the exact time and location of the incident. A victim should also explain what happened to them in as much detail as they can.

With legal assistance, the victim of a hostile work environment could obtain compensation and other forms of relief from their employer. Compensation might cover lost wages related to retaliatory acts such as being demoted or terminated after making a harassment claim. An employer may also be required to pay a victim's legal fees and make changes to workplace policy in the aftermath of a negotiated settlement or jury verdict.

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