Hartford, CT Sexual Harassment Lawyer
At Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore, LLC, our Hartford sexual harassment attorneys are experienced, passionate advocates for employee rights. We are committed to getting our clients justice, accountability, and fair compensation for their damages.
If you or your family member was a victim of workplace sexual harassment in Hartford County, CT, we are here to help. To schedule a strictly confidential consultation with an experienced Connecticut sexual harassment lawyer, please call our Hartford law office at (860) 522-8888 or contact us directly online.
Sexual Harassment Laws in Connecticut
In Connecticut, all employees have a right to a workplace that is free from unlawful sexual harassment. Depending on the size of their employer, a worker in Hartford may be protected against sexual harassment under both federal law and state law.
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sexual harassment is a form of sex-based discrimination. Additionally, Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 46a-60 prohibits sex-based harassment in the workplace. For the purposes of state Connecticut law, sexual harassment can come in a wide array of different forms, including
- Unwelcome sexual advances;
- Explicit or implicit demands or requests for sexual favors;
- Offensive or crude comments or jokes; or
- Non-consensual sexual contact.
To rise to the level of sexual harassment, conduct must either be an explicit or implicit condition of employment (quid pro quo harassment) or it must be so severe or pervasive as to create an intimidating, offensive, or otherwise unwelcoming workplace that interferes with an employee’s ability to do their job (hostile work environment harassment).
Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment in Connecticut
A ‘quid pro quo’ is defined as a favor or advantage granted to one on the condition that something is expected in return. In the context of sexual harassment, quid pro quos often involve promises of a benefit (raise, promotion, better assignments, etc) in exchange for sexual favors.
Though, quid pro quo sexual harassment can also involve a request for sexual favors in exchange for avoiding a bad outcome (demotion, harassment, termination, etc). Further, an employee who refuses to go along with a proposed quid pro quo will often face retaliation.
Quid pro quo sexual harassment is unlawful. A supervisor/employer cannot make sexual contact a term or condition of an employee’s job. If you or your loved one was the victim of quid pro quo sexual harassment in Hartford, contact our Connecticut employment attorneys for immediate assistance.
Hostile Work Environment Claims in Hartford
A quid pro quo is not necessary to establish workplace sexual harassment. Indeed, many sexual harassment claims are not based on allegations of a quid pro quo. You can bring a sexual harassment claim even if no adverse employment action was ever taken. A hostile work environment is an unlawful work environment.
As described by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employees seeking to bring a hostile environment sexual harassment claim must establish that they were subject to conduct that was so severe or pervasive that it created a work environment that an ordinary person would find unwelcoming and intimidating. If you were the victim of hostile work environment sexual harassment in Hartford, our attorneys will help protect your rights.
How Our Hartford, CT Sexual Harassment Lawyers Can Help
Sexual harassment claims should be handled with the highest level of care and sensitivity. At Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore, LLC, our entire practice is dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of employees. We can help you understand your rights and navigate the claims process. When you reach out to our Hartford law office, you will have an opportunity to speak to a Connecticut workplace sexual harassment lawyer who will:
- Listen to your story, answer questions, and explain your options;
- Carefully investigate the case—securing and organizing relevant evidence; and
- Devise a customized legal strategy designed to protect your rights and get the best possible outcome.
We understand that every sexual harassment claim is unique. The approach that works well in another person’s case may not be appropriate for you or your loved one. Our Hartford, CT sexual harassment lawyers will put in the time, care, energy, and resources to make sure that you get the personalized, high-quality representation that you deserve.
Call Our Hartford Sexual Harassment Attorney for Immediate Help
At Hayber, McKenna & Dinsmore, LLC, our Connecticut employment lawyers are strong advocates for employee rights. If you or your loved one was a victim of sexual harassment, we are here to help. For a completely confidential initial assessment of your case, please contact us at (860) 522-8888. We represent employees in Hartford and throughout the surrounding communities in Hartford County, including in Bristol, New Britain, East Hartford, Avon, Bloomfield, Berlin, Windsor, and Manchester.