No-Nonsense Sexual Harassment Lawyer in Houston Advocates for You

A sex discrimination attorney in Houston providing honest and direct advice for close to 30 years

There’s an old stereotype about the boss and his secretary that plays out in movies and TV shows even now. Popular culture tends to portray the employer as a demeaning fool who gets his comeuppance in the end when the underpaid and underappreciated secretary finally proves him to be a fool. As audiences, we cheer on the young woman – as she almost always is – for taking on the boss and winning. But real world cases of sexual harassment aren’t always as easy to resolve, so hiring the services of a reputable Houston sexual harassment lawyer could help your chances at getting the results you want.

Houston discrimination lawyer David C. Holmes is a veteran attorney with almost three decades of experience fighting against discrimination. His straightforward approach to the law allows him to provide honest and frank advice for those who feel they are victims of sexual harassment.

The fundamentals of sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, which makes it illegal. Most of the people who file cases of sexual harassment are women, though in 2009 men filed approximately 16% of all complaints. The number of same-sex sexual harassment cases is also on the rise. Sexual harassment can take many forms.

  • Unwelcome sexual advances
  • Unwelcome physical contact
  • Lewd jokes
  • Stalking
  • Lewd verbal communication
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Firing or demotion for refusing sexual favors
  • Pornography in the workplace or e-mails

Sexual harassment can take many forms within these general areas, but the focus falls on the unwelcome nature of the acts. While the courts do not require a workplace to be free from off-color jokes and sexual references, an employer cannot allow the environment to become so tainted that it affects the terms and conditions of your employment. If you have been a victim of any of these acts you may be entitled to file a sexual harassment suit. Houston sex discrimination attorney David C. Holmes assists you through the process of filing a complaint.

The basics of filing a sexual harassment complaint

Proving sexual harassment can take some time, but the Law Offices of David C. Holmes are prepared to help. Building a case may require some of the following steps:

  • Call HR. You don’t have to ask your employer or coworker to stop his or her behavior directly if you’re uncomfortable. But that person does need to be given the chance to change. We contact human resource departments to give them a chance to speak with the employee, and to implement programs like sensitivity training.
  • Record evidence. If your employer or coworker is making inappropriate advances or remarks in a public setting, you have the right to record those actions and comments to use for your case. We instruct you on the proper etiquette regarding recordings. We may also seek the help of an investigator on your behalf.
  • Handle the EEOC. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will assign you a caseworker if you file a sexual harassment suit, but the process may move slowly. A caseworker may not get to your claim for far too long. We keep the process moving so that your case doesn’t slip through the cracks.

Our job is to ensure that our clients have a safe and secure workplace. If unwanted comments or behaviors of a sexual nature are creating a hostile workplace, we can help.

Let us help you get the work environment you deserve

A hostile work environment can lead to more than just problems completing your work. Our employment attorneys help you to build a solid case with supporting evidence and witnesses. To make an appointment for a free consultation, contact the Law Offices of David C. Holmes by phone at 713-586-8862 or online.