Employment Law

Employment law questions? Ask an employment lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I saw a physician today and the advice given was to contact…

Customer Question
I saw a physician today...
I saw a physician today and the advice given was to contact a lawyer regarding my co-worke, who is a higher level employee than me and my mentor. Last July he raped me and then a sexual relationship continued until last night. He is married and I am not. The concern from my physician is that my job could be in jeopardy since he is thought of very highly at the pharmaceutical company that we work for, is more senior and has been through management training. The physician has signed me out of work for next week until I can see a psychologist. Do I need an attorney in this situation?
Submitted: 3 years ago.Category: Employment Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Answered in 6 minutes by:
5/30/2015
Employment Lawyer: Legalease, Lawyer replied 3 years ago
Legalease
Legalease, Lawyer
Category: Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 16,440
Experience: 13 years experience in employment law, unions, contracts, workers comp law
Verified
Hello there --
-
Do you think that now that the relationship has ended that he will harass you in any way to get back together with you .
-
Also, were other coworkers generally aware of the affair ? Did any of them try to create a hostile work environment around you by bringing up the affair in a not too pleasant manner ?
=
MARY
Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
I don't know if other workers know. The concern is that he is thought of very highly at our company, has been with the company for 16 years, is a higher level employee than me, has management training at the company and I am afraid that he will say things to management to get me fired.
Employment Lawyer: Legalease, Lawyer replied 3 years ago
Hello there --
-
I can tell you the law surrounding this topic and I can tell you the reality of what happened to me.
-
FIRST, your first step is to report the matter to HR and they are required under the US Dept of Labor and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") to investigate on an in house basis and come to a conclusion either for or against you. If they find against you , you can still file a direct complaint of employee discrimination based on gender with the EEOC. The EEOC will then investigate the matter itself and in many instances it will overturn the decision of the employer. If the company finds in your favor or the EEOC finds in your favor, the employer must take you out of the immediate working area of the person that you had difficulties with. They do not have to offer you a settlement and they do not have to do anything except move you away from him. Period. Your best bet at this point is to hire a private employment discrimination lawyer to file a civil lawsuit against the company based on the positive findings if you have positive findings. THe employer may then want to negotiate a settlement agreement in exchange for your resignation.
-
In the event that they move your job and work area in a positive finding situation, they will then start another pattern of harassment -- every person you have ever done good work for in the company will turn on you and you will start receiving bad performance reviews. This is done so that they can build a case against you for termination a little bit down the road when they can get away with terminating you without fear of reprisal from the EEOC for doing so (if you are fired within one year after the conclusion of the complaint process then the EEOC presumes that they are using the underlying reason of retaliation to terminate you). In the event that you lost your complaint with the employer and the EEOC then they do not have to wait the year before they try to gather trumped up poor performance evidence against you to terminate you.
-
The system is supposed to work and in many cases it does work -- but what I describe above is what happened to me after 8 years of exemplary performance reviews -- I got pregnant and had to limit my hours due to life threatening high blood pressure and diabetes at the end of the pregnancy. My supervisor was not happy that I was no longer in the office to do the work and actually sent the computer department to my house to install a WiFi system so that I could work on his loans and still have my bedrest. Finally my doctor was so angry she hospitalized me and would not let so much as a cellphone near my room. I returned to work and complained to HR and the managing partner about his actions and thought that they would all be "good and decent people" and resolve it. No dice. They were the sleaziest, slipperyest jerks who did everything they could to discredit me.
-
I truly wish that you had reported the rape when it occurred or closer to that date because even though he harrassed you into a relationship with him after that, it will not look good to report it now even though there is a 7 year statute of limitations on such a charge. Unless you have some pictures of your condition and/or some witnesses or you went to the hospital afterwards.
-
Overall, in considering your situation and some of the problems that might arise, I DO think that you should hire a private employment law attorney to assist you in these matters as you walk through the complaint process with your employer and the EEOC. You can find such a lawyer by contacting your state bar association attorney referral services and asking to be put in touch with such a specialist. The attorney WILL handle things with your employer as well as those agencies you have filed complaints with and if you have an attorney on retainer the employer will not be looking to automatically terminate you and you may have a chance at retaining your job after all.
-
I hope that the law above helps you as well as what one person went through in such a situation. Please let me know if you have more questions. If not, can you please press a positive rating under this ANSWER box so I WILL BE PAID FOR MY TIME ASSISTING YOU TONIGHT. I am paid NOTHING unless you press a positive rating below (doing so ill not cost you any additional money -- it simply acts as the trigger to Just Answer to pay me for my time. THANK YOU VERY MUCH
-
MARY
-
Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with an employment lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Legalease Your Own Question
Legalease
Legalease
Legalease, Lawyer
Category: Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 16,440
16,440 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 13 years experience in employment law, unions, contracts, workers comp law

Legalease is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I must thank you all for such a positive and knowledgeable Expert in your Employment Law category. She has provided much relief and answers for me in the midst of dealing with a case. I am totally pleased with her customer service and care.

MildredWashington, DC

Excellent direction from Socrateaser to help me preserve and pursue my rights as a proud American who has become unemployed in this messed-up economic downfall. Thank you

Happy CustomerDenver, CO

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Tina

Tina

Lawyer

8,184 satisfied customers

JD, BBA, recognized by ABA for excellence.

Allen M., Esq.

Allen M., Esq.

Employment Lawyer

12,976 satisfied customers

Employment/Labor Law Litigation

Marsha411JD

Marsha411JD

Lawyer

12,406 satisfied customers

Licensed Attorney with 29 yrs. exp in Employment Law

Infolawyer

Infolawyer

Lawyer

12,335 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney helping employers and employees.

JB Umphrey

JB Umphrey

Lawyer

6,273 satisfied customers

Assisting employees and employers for over 14 years.

John

John

Employment Lawyer

3,991 satisfied customers

Exclusively practice labor and employment law.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

3,007 satisfied customers

I provide employment and discrimination law advice in my own practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Employment Law Questions
I filed an EEOC discrimination case against my former
I filed an EEOC discrimination case against my former employer for mental health and reasonable acommodation i got a response back from them through the EEOC … read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
I was terminated out of retaliation, and I believe my
I was terminated out of retaliation, and I believe my religious beliefs could have been a factor. I did call out my employer for violating our code of conduct, and was promptly fired. How much do I ne… read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
I got terminated for "creating a hostile enviroment &
Second opinion] I got terminated for "creating a hostile enviroment & threatening . I was given no information as to who felt threatened or who felt I was hostile. We had a Chef working in the Kitchen… read more
Infolawyer
Infolawyer
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
12,335 satisfied customers
I am filing retaliation at EEOC due to my employer transfer
I am filing retaliation at EEOC due to my employer transfer me on less desirable position. This happen after I filed harassment claim at EEOC early this year … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
12,124 satisfied customers
My case is a employment law case. I was terminated on
i was terminated on 8/2/2017 and asking the court for my job back,. … read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
JD
19,863 satisfied customers
I filed a discrimination complaint with the EEOC and DFEH
I filed a discrimination complaint with the EEOC and DFEH and received right to sue letters. The EEOC letter expired, the DFEH letter expires soon. I am considering filing a lawsuit without an attorne… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I have filed an age discrimination complaint with EEOC. The
I have filed an age discrimination complaint with EEOC. The EEOC has referred the complaint to mediation. Am I giving up any rights if I participate in mediation? … read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
I BELIEVE RETALIATION DISCRIMINATION FROM MY MANAGER AND
I BELIEVE I AM RECEIVING RETALIATION DISCRIMINATION FROM MY MANAGER AND REGIONAL MANAGER … read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
It's a labor question employment law. I'm seeking a lawyer.
well I was denied unemployment - the employer said I was insubordinate. I am trying to create an appeal and I was hoping the attorney would look at what I wrote.… read more
Infolawyer
Infolawyer
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
12,335 satisfied customers
I believe I was terminated from employment as retaliation
I believe I was terminated from employment as retaliation form me speaking up for myself when my direct supervisor called me lazy as I was reporting to my station. I had been documenting and taking pi… read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
Have a question about labor and discrimination. I am a 60
Have a question about labor and discrimination. I am a 60 woman working in the same position and department for 16yrs. Two days ago I was put out on administrative leave pending and investigation rega… read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
12,124 satisfied customers
Employment law Constructive dismissal as retaliation for
Employment law Constructive dismissal as retaliation for sexual harassment and FMLA limitations… read more
Olivia Kent
Olivia Kent
Managing Partner
Doctoral Degree
3,545 satisfied customers
I was terminated retaliation for making several complaints
I was terminated retaliation for making several complaints to management about illegal activity. My employer falsified the reason for my term and accused me of something that I did not do. … read more
Allen M., Esq.
Allen M., Esq.
Employment Lawyer
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
12,976 satisfied customers
Can I file a claim of age discrimination with the EEOC and
Can I file a claim of age discrimination with the EEOC and wait 60 days to exhaust my administrative remedies before filing in federal court or do I have to file with the GCEO? … read more
Allen M., Esq.
Allen M., Esq.
Employment Lawyer
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
12,976 satisfied customers
I'm curious about a wrongful termination/ hostile work
I'm curious about a wrongful termination/ hostile work environment case that I have. … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
12,124 satisfied customers
CIVIL - EEOC - Discrimination, Retaliation, Wrongful
CIVIL - EEOC - Discrimination, Retaliation, Wrongful Termination... How to WRITE/WORD the petition to the court for:One of the retaliations = Suspension without warning of the use of vacation time Jul… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I have filed a complaint with EEOC under Age discrimination
I have filed a complaint with EEOC under Age discrimination and harassment. Had to resign from job at State agency 2 weeks after receiving PIP due to continuous harassment for more than a year, have w… read more
Infolawyer
Infolawyer
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
12,335 satisfied customers
After having filed an EEOC discrimination complaint at
After having filed an EEOC discrimination complaint at Texxxxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxx - one of the retaliations that occurred was a witnessed verbal assault by the supervisor, during a "review" meeting of… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x