Because you spend a third of your life in the office or on the job site, your workdays should revolve around professional courtesy and respect. If a coworker or manager chooses hostility, intimidation or discrimination instead, they can completely derail your career, no matter how hard you work or how good you are at your job.
The impact of hostile work environments has been devastating to American workers. According to the American Psychiatric Association, harassment at work is a top source of physical and mental health stress, increasing workers’ risk of high blood pressure, anxiety and depression, PTSD, and headaches, and leading to 18 million lost workdays a year. Harassment and unwelcome conduct can take several forms, including:
The first step toward a resolution is to report the conduct to your human resources department. If management does not take reasonable steps to resolve the situation, fails to prevent it from happening again or allows the harassment to escalate, it’s time to go outside your company for help.
Anyone can file a harassment complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), whether or not they retain a lawyer. However, an employment attorney can be your advocate during what can be a stressful, and at times even disheartening, process. Cueto Law can help you properly document and file your complaint, pursue remedies while the EEOC reviews your claim, represent you throughout the settlement process, and if your trial does go to civil court, litigate for you in the courtroom.
We understand the trauma workplace harassment inflicts on victims. Our goal is to help you pursue a number of legal remedies to get both your career and personal life back on track, including:
Don’t let another’s harassment or bullying stop you from doing the job you love. Contact the employment and harassment attorneys of Cueto Law at 618-277-1554. We’re licensed in both Illinois and Missouri, and you won’t pay us anything until your employer pays for their mistake.