Building a Sexual Harassment Case - Willing Witnesses
The first question many sexual harassment victims have is "How do I prove my sexual harassment case?" It's a great question! Washington State sexual harassment laws and Federal sexual harassment laws may be on a sexual harassment victim's side, but it's still the victim's job to prove their case.
An important thing to keep in mind is that all Washington sexual harassment cases must be filed first with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC). This is an absolutely pre-requisite to filing in court. At the EEOC and WSHRC level, there is no subpoena or discovery powers, which means that sexual harassment victims and their sexual harassment lawyers must build the case at the administrative level by themselves.
One of the best ways that a sexual harassment victim can corroborate their case is with willing witnesses to the sexual harassment and to the sexual harassment complaints made to management. Sexual harassment victims should keep a list of willing witness contact information and a note of what the witness saw or heard, so that sexual harassment attorneys and the EEOC or WSHRC can follow-up.
If you beleive that you have been sexually harassed at work, you should speak with an experienced sexual harassment attorney as soon as possible. Our firm's practice is to guide our potential clients through the EEOC or WSHRC process and help them to gather their willing witness statements. For a free sexual harassment consultation with us, please sign up here, or call us directly at 888-320-7936.