If you witnessed or experienced what you believed to be sexual harassment in the workplace, you will have undoubtedly felt upset, angry and that you needed to take action. The most obvious thing to do in a situation like this is to report what you witnessed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
All employees in the state of Kentucky are protected from any type of unwanted sexual advances or requests in the workplace. They also have the legal right to be in a workplace that is not hostile, meaning that the employee can work without fearing ridicule, inappropriate jokes or bullying.
Can I be subject to disciplinary action after filing a claim?
If you filed a report of harassment against your employer or co-worker, and your employer has accused you of knowingly filing a false claim, they might argue that you should be subject to disciplinary action because of this. If you think that this is unfair, you should take the time to understand your rights.
How can I stand up for myself?
In order to face disciplinary action, there must be a good reason to say that you knowingly or purposely filed a false harassment claim. In actuality, you are protected from any retaliatory treatment after filing a complaint against your employer.
What type of action counts as retaliatory?
Retaliatory treatment can count as being fired, demoted or otherwise punished because you filed a claim.
It is important that you stand up for your rights if you were accused of filing a false sexual harassment claim in Kentucky. An experienced attorney can advise you of your legal options.