The workplace is not always a perfect place. There are ups and downs, and some employees may not get along. However, all workplaces should be free from sexual harassment. Unfortunately, some employees and employers fail to uphold these rights by making comments or carrying out certain acts.
According to recent reports, a judge in Cook County is being reassigned to administrative duties after accusations of sexual harassment. According to press reports, the judge reportedly called a prosecutor a “bitch” during a courtroom proceeding, after he apparently felt she had not greeted him properly. The judge, who was a law school classmate of the prosecutor, also reportedly suggested he had sex with the woman in the past.
The judge denies using the offensive word. The circuit court reassigned the judge after the prosecutor reportedly wrote a letter to the court describing the alleged incident, and said that the judge had made unwanted sexual advances on her during their law school.
This sexual harassment allegation is just one of many currently in the news, adding to a particularly intense climate surrounding this sensitive issue.
It’s important to speak to a knowledgeable lawyer about your options if you feel you have been sexually harassed in the workplace. A lawyer can tell you about your legal options, and the documentation you will need to gather if you think you might have to file a claim for sexual harassment. If you decide to proceed, a skilled attorney can help you at almost every step in the way, from filing paperwork to arguing your case in court.