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What Can I Expect If I File a Sexual Harassment Complaint?

Sexual harassment remains a pervasive issue in many workplaces. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), about 80 percent of women and 40 percent of men have experienced sexual harassment. Despite its prevalence, it often goes unreported. At Noakes Law Group, we are dedicated to advocating for sexual harassment victims. Here’s what you can expect if you file a sexual harassment complaint in Kentucky.

Consider Reporting Sexual Harassment Internally First (A Lawyer Can Help)

If you’ve experienced sexual harassment in your workplace in Louisville, Lexington, or elsewhere in Kentucky, your first step should be to report the incident internally. This initial step allows your employer the chance to address and rectify the issue. Moreover, a well-documented internal complaint can serve as crucial evidence if further action is necessary. Consulting with an experienced Kentucky sexual harassment lawyer can provide you with guidance on how to properly document and report the harassment. Your attorney can assist you in bringing the complaint to your employer’s attention, ensuring that your rights are protected from the outset.

Employees Can File a Complaint With the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights (KCHR)

If internal reporting does not lead to a satisfactory resolution, or if you prefer not to report the harassment internally, you have the option to file a formal complaint with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights (KCHR). State-based sexual harassment laws in Kentucky protect employees at businesses/organizations with eight or more workers. To file a complaint, it must be submitted to the KCHR within 180 days of the most recent incident of sexual harassment. This step is crucial for those seeking justice and accountability outside of their immediate workplace environment.

The Allegations Will Be Investigated (Hearing, Settlement, and/or Right-to-Sue)

Once a complaint is filed with the KCHR, the allegations of sexual harassment will undergo a thorough investigation. This process may involve gathering documentation, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing the policies of the involved parties. Depending on the specifics of the case, several outcomes are possible:

  • Settlement Attempt: In some cases, the issue may be resolved through a mediated settlement before reaching a formal hearing.
  • A Hearing: The case may proceed to a hearing where both the complainant and the respondent can present their evidence.
  • Right to Sue: If the sexual harassment case cannot be resolved through the KCHR’s process, the commission can issue the victim a right-to-sue letter. This letter permits the victim to pursue their case in court.

Navigating a sexual harassment complaint can be complex and emotionally taxing. An experienced Kentucky sexual harassment lawyer can review your case and develop a proactive strategy to protect your rights and seek justice.

Contact Our Kentucky Sexual Harassment Attorney Today

At Noakes Law Group, our Kentucky sexual harassment lawyer is a skilled and compassionate advocate for victims. If you have any questions about filing a sexual harassment complaint, our legal team is here to help. Contact us today to arrange your free, confidential initial consultation. We represent sexual harassment victims in Louisville, Lexington, Shelbyville, and throughout Kentucky.

By ensuring each step of the complaint process is carefully managed, Noakes Law Group can help you navigate the complexities of your case, providing the support and advocacy you need to move forward.

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