Unfortunately, we have handled many cases where people in power (teachers, professors, administration) have abused their power over students and engaged in sexual activity. This comes in many forms, and even though a consensual adult relationship could take place, there is a reason schools and universities have a strict policy against teacher-student relationships. That reason is because there is always a potential for abuse of power involved in those relationships.
In 2018, and in Nevada in particular, sexual harassment cases are on the rise. With many large name people falling under the microscope for past sexual misconduct along with the #metoo movement that has rocked the nation in the past year, more and more law firms are taking on these types of cases in Nevada. The difference between many of them and us is that we have been taking these cases since 2007.
Sexual Assault occurs when there is when someone puts you in fear of immediate, harmful, offensive and sexual contact of your body. This can be done by their actions and their words. In this digital age, it can even be done through social media or text messaging. Emotional Damage
Many victims of sexual assault never can get the resolution they want or need through the criminal system, so often times they have to turn to the civil system. One of the main areas of damages in cases such as these are emotional. The emotional damage that is done can be permanent and extreme in many cases. The only way to find out is to seek the help and advice of a professional such as a Psychologist.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 governs what happens in cases of Sexual Harassment. Title VII only applies to companies with 15 or more employees on their payroll. If you believe you are being sexually harassed and your company has more than 15 employees, you may have a viable lawsuit. Please read on.Who, What, Where, When, and Why Is Sexual Harassment
WHO: Sexual harassment victims as well as the harasser can be a woman or a man. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex. Either can be a supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or a non-employee.
In Nevada, sexual harassment falls under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and can be construed as a kind of discrimination that falls under this law. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website outlines very specifically what sexual harassment is under the eyes of the law. Simply put, it is unlawful to harass an employee because of their sex. This includes verbal and physical sexual harassment. Sometimes the harassment itself does not have to be sexual in nature, merely harassing due to that person's sex.