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You Will Need
- HR professional
- Calm behavior
Go to the American Bar Association site
Go to the American Bar Association website for the legal definition of 2 types of sexual harassment in the workplace: quid pro quo, in which a manager threatens job consequences unless the employee assumes certain sexual behaviors, and hostile environment, in which comments regarding sexuality interfere with an employee being able to do their job.
Search the Bar Association database
Search the Bar Association's Lawyer Locator for members practicing in your area with sexual harassment expertise. Interview lawyers and hire the one you think will best be able to handle your case.
Know defense options for employers
Know your defense options if you're an employer, and an employee is making a case against both the person they're accusing of harassment and your company. If a charge is brought against a supervisor, immediately launch a full investigation -- document all evidence.
Know defense options for co-workers
Know your defense options if charges are made by a coworker. Contact your union rep or a company HR pro. Ask for mediation to settle out of court.
File a lawsuit against your accuser
File a defamation lawsuit against your accuser. Know that few such cases prevail in court. Most lawyers won't take these cases on a full-contingency basis.
Cooperate with your company's investigation process, and avoid any perception of retaliation against your accuser. Above all, keep a cool head and keep tabs on how the investigation is progressing. Your good behavior will help to clear your name.