Trigger warning: Sexual Harassment
While the healthy competition between the many strata of society increases positivity, the coin’s flip side has called for unwanted harassment of the believed to be “weaker” beings by the “superiors.” While discrimination against race, color, gender, ethnicity, and race is rampant and can ensue in unequal pay or false workplace rumors, things have escalated further to reach sexual harassment. It is your right to report and take legal action against any bodily abuse that you face. Unfortunately, even to this day, your complaint can be disbelieved. Here is a list of the evidence you might want to keep handy while filing a sexual harassment lawsuit.
While it is a harrowing experience altogether, you shall have to keep a record of any direct or indirect communications by your abuser. Try to record a number of their phone calls and keep the recordings in store. Save copies of any letters, text messages, or lewd photographs they have sent you.
In case they approach you physically in a situation, try to keep your phone’s video camera or recorder on and videotape every action of theirs. Note down all of it in a journal or notebook that you can present to be read. Remember that all will be with you, but prepare to be vilified in the eyes of the law.
Sometimes, none of the above conditions is fulfilled when you are subjected to abuse where you have “nothing” to prove your claim. Write down a formal complaint and send copies in writing/mail to your superior/boss if you have experienced non-consensual behavior at the workplace. Keep a record of the responses. If not your boss, directly send the copies and reactions to your office union and the nearest police department concerned to prepare a strong alibi. Along with this, please ensure your physical safety in case things take a vicious turn.
You can always send an anonymous complaint if you want to. Read the office harassment policies carefully and keep notes.
Chances are your abuser is “friendly” on the outside, and not everyone will believe you. Contact all your trusted friends and family members and disclose the matter to them. Do not be scared. It is never your fault if someone else chooses to violate your consent, mentally or physically. Share with them all the communications from the abuser and the respective reports so your allies can be prepared as well.
Reach out to members in your office and talk to them; you might find several more who have been subjected to the same trauma as well. As a collective, you can expect a better chance of winning the case since, sadly, very few believe only the complainer’s words without being backed up by any “proof.”
A strong lawyer who can walk you through the process seamlessly is vital. They should have your back, support you at all costs, and thoroughly understand what you have been through. You shall be able to confide to them when necessary. With the best sexual harassment lawyer in New York City and truth by your side, you shall deserve and get justice.
Even after considering all your documents and a strong lawyer, you might be asked intensely personal and trauma-provoking questions in front of everyone in court. Sometimes these are triggered mainly due to your ethnicity, gender, caste, or race. Please stay strong and do not let your guard down. We know it is already difficult, but your courage has led you to pursue a complaint, and you shall win it with strong perseverance.
Besides, it might sound negative but do not expect a satisfying end to your case where you can ALWAYS win; many times, the cases are not settled or are ended with monetary advantages. While pursuing this is a challenge in itself, it is strongly recommended you do it for yourself and for many others who shall take after you and have the strength to pursue their complaints.