Proven Texas Attorney Advocates for Victims of Sexual Harassment
Accomplished Texas lawyer assists clients who have been mistreated at work
For too long, sexual harassment in the workplace has gone unrecognized and unpunished. However, legal relief is available if you’ve been victimized by a supervisor or fellow employee. At the Law Firm of Richard L. Ellison, P.C., as an experienced litigator who is board certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, I stand up for workers who have been the targets of offensive behavior. Whether you’ve been assaulted, propositioned by a supervisor or subjected to the repeated taunts of co-workers, my firm will press for appropriate compensation and other legal relief that is available to you under state and federal law. To protect yourself, you might need to register an internal complaint or follow a specific procedure. I can review your situation and guide you through each step.
I practiced law in Houston for 22 years and still handle cases in San Antonio and Austin.
Strong advocacy for victims of all forms of harassment
My firm advocates for area residents in litigation and proceedings before government agencies such as the Texas Workforce Commission‘s Civil Rights Division and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In any forum, I am determined to hold harassers accountable and secure favorable results for victims of:
- Quid pro quo sexual harassment — This type of action occurs when a supervisor uses their status to coerce a subordinate worker into providing sexual attention. Examples include a boss who offers an employee a raise if she agrees to go out on a date and a supervisor who threatens a worker with dismissal if that worker objects to physical contact. Even if you only believe that you’re being pressured in this way, my firm can advise you of your legal options.
- Hostile work environment — As opposed to quid pro quo claims, hostile work environment actions do not have to involve a supervisor. The misconduct can be perpetrated by co-workers, and it does not even have to be specifically directed at you. Legal remedies are available when offensive comments, jokes or gestures become severe or pervasive. You can also obtain relief if you are subjected to explicit printed, recorded or online content.
- Unlawful hiring procedures — Job applicants may also be vulnerable to sexual pressure from the people who make hiring decisions. Unlike employees, applicants usually don’t have access to human resources personnel or company sexual harassment guidelines. If you lost out on a job because you wouldn’t give in to someone’s advances, my firm can outline the elements that might justify a possible claim.
Frequently, the outcome of sexual harassment actions hinges on subjective factors and differing interpretations. People and organizations accused of this type of misconduct often claim that the conduct was a harmless joke or that the accuser accepted the actions. In these situations, it is crucial to retain an experienced attorney to counter these defenses and construct the strongest possible argument.