Sexual harassment

I have been sexually harassed by the company's former CEO in 2007. He was asked/forced into resigning because of the overwhelming evidence against him. I feel that I am still being harassed by other management over this matter. Also, the HR department was well aware of him sexually harassing other women at the company. How long do I have to take legal action against the company? This has affect my health.

1 answer  |  asked Dec 7, 2007 09:00 AM [EST]  |  applies to West Virginia

Answers (1)

Kathryn Bayless

You have two years to file a claim of retaliation in WV under the Human Rights Act. The two years begins to run from the date of the retaliatory act. However, I would encourage you not to wait any longer than is necessary to take action. The timing of the suit is dependent upon the facts adn I have not been given sufficient facts to determine what the best timing is for the filing of suit.
You could also file an adminstrative complaint with the Human Rights COmmission and the time for filing that is one year. I do not recommend that course of action because the commission is limited by law to a cap for emotional distress damages of $5,000. Obviously that figure is very low and so that is not a route I would recommend unless the retaliation is very minor.
If you other questions, please call my office at 304-487-8707 and a staff member will take an intake and I will then get back to you.
I hope that answers your question.

posted by Kathryn Bayless  |  Dec 7, 2007 09:52 AM [EST]

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