Sexual harassment occurs when an employee is subjected to a hostile work environment because of her sex. It includes— but is not limited to—sexual advances and propositions at work, repeated crude jokes by supervisors or coworkers, condescending remarks, or suggestive comments. Unwelcome and offensive conduct may be illegal if it is directed at you because of your sex even if it does not involve explicitly sexual behavior. You have the right to a workplace where all people are treated the same regardless of their sex.

Employers are liable for sexual harassment when they unreasonably fail to prevent and correct it. If you are a victim of harassment you should report it to your employer and give them a chance to fix it. It is illegal to retaliate against an employee for reporting sexual harassment.

Eastern Maine Law represents current and former employees in sexual harassment claims.

Cases can be resolved early or they may go through the Maine Human Rights Commission or court. Sometimes cases go all the way to trial, but that is up to you. Eastern Maine Law is ready and willing to go to trial when necessary. The courtroom is not something to be feared or avoided. A trial is an opportunity for a case to be heard. A calm and tenacious advocate, John Gause embraces each opportunity to bring a client’s case to trial.

A successful outcome is one in which the client walks away feeling as though her rights were vindicated and she was fairly compensated for the wrong she suffered. John’s goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for each individual client.

Almost all of the cases we handle are on a contingency-fee. That means that the attorney’s fee comes out of the recovery in your case instead of charging you up front. If there is no recovery in a contingency-fee case you do not owe us anything.