USA Today has published an article on the steps employees should take in the event of experiencing sexual harassment or sexual assault in the workplace. The piece provides useful information to victims of inappropriate and harmful sexual behavior, and in light of variances between employers, laws, and states, USA Today consulted with lawyers to provide the best possible guidance.
USA Today spoke with Kelly Dermody, partner and chair of Lieff Cabraser’s Labor & Employment practice group. “Some situations might be best to report through work channels, depending on the company’s sexual harassment protocols. Victims should also contact an employment lawyer who handles harassment cases so they understand their rights,” Dermody explained. She further noted, however, that just reporting the incident to a company’s human resources department does not meet the time-bound requirements within which legal claims must be filed. “An employee should also file a charge of harassment with the state or federal agency, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,” she added.
The article provides further guidance as well as a list of available resources (copied below).
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: 1-800-669-4000
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673
National Organization for Victim Assistance: 800-879-6682
National Association of Working Women: 1-800-522-0925
Equal Rights Advocates: 415-621-0505
National Center for Victims of Crime: 1-800-FYI-CALL
National Street Harassment Hotline: 855-897-5910
About Kelly Dermody
The Chair of Lieff Cabraser’s employment practice group and Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, Kelly M. Dermody specializes in class and collective actions on behalf of plaintiffs in employment and consumer cases, including gender discrimination cases against Google, Microsoft, and Goldman Sachs. Her additional case work includes wage suppression claims against technology, healthcare, and academic institutions; overtime and lost pay lawsuits for low-wage workers, I/T professionals, and foreign nationals working for American corporations; and ERISA claims that she has tried on behalf of employees and retirees for pension plan abuses.