Legal Help for Emotional Distress in Sexual Harassment and Assault Cases

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I am a lawyer that has been representing victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault for many years.   I have counseled so many victims and listened to so many stories that I have noticed a unique pattern of responses shared by most of my clients.

The victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault react much like a victim of rape.  They have a tendency to blame themselves for what happened, or for not handling the situation better, causing a great deal of shame and guilt.  This shame and guilt is unwarranted most of the time. If the victim of sexual harassment or sexual assault reluctantly goes along with the harassment for a period of time just to go along and get along, and then wants it to stop, she blames herself for it.

Sexual Harassment Victims Often Feel Dread

Victims start to dread coming to work.  They have trouble sleeping and often eat too much or too little.  Sometimes victims purposefully put on weight to try to avoid getting sexual attention. Often they stop wearing make-up and start wearing baggy, unattractive clothes.  This further eats away at their self-esteem, and they feel unattractive and worthless and like they deserve to be treated badly. They often feel stuck in their unhappy jobs, thinking that no one else would want to hire them. 

Emotional Distress Can Cause Problems at Home

Very frequently, a victim of sexual harassment finds herself fighting with her significant other.  This is because she is irritated and stressed out 24/7, both at home and at work.   She feels that she cannot reveal the fact that she is being sexually harassed to her partner, for fear that he will go ballistic and get her fired or get into trouble with the courts for taking matters into his own hands.  

Men Can Be Harassed Also

Although I am using the pronouns “she” and “her,”  men often have similar reactions, especially gay men in relationships who are being harassed at work.

Legal Implications of Emotional Distress in a Harassment Claim

When I and my legal partner Rob Croskery make a sexual harassment claim, we almost always also make a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Sometimes, if the actions of the harasser or the employer toward the victim are outrageous, we will seek punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer for the outrageous behavior.

I have a background in psychology and attended graduate school in counseling before going to law school. I understand the emotional pain that can result from desperately needing an income and feeling like you have no options to quit when in a miserable workplace situation.   I also understand how devastating it can be to be assaulted or harassed by a person in a position of trust and authority, such as a doctor. 

If you are in such a situation, please call me at (513) 232-5297 for a free phone consultation, or click here to contact me via email.   I would be happy to try to help you and explain your options to you. For more information on Croskery Law Offices and the applicable law, visit www.croskerylaw.com.

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