If there is someone at your work harassing you in any way, you need to talk to your supervisor. If nothing is done about this harassment, do not leave your job immediately. Instead, you need to hire a civil rights attorney. Below are three ways this type of attorney can help you.
Interview and Depose Witnesses
Once you have a meeting with your civil rights attorney and tell them everything that is going on, they will ask you if there are any witnesses to the harassment. If so, the attorney will interview these witnesses separately to ensure they all have the same story. Having witnesses is very important as it will not be your word against the person harassing you.
Once the witnesses are interviewed, the civil rights attorney will conduct a deposition for each one. The deposition will be setup by your attorney. During the deposition, each witness will be put under oath. The attorney will then ask questions to the witnesses and record their answers. The deposition generally takes place in the attorney's office.
Work with the Other Attorney
Because your employer will not do anything about the harassment they have likely hired their own attorney to help prevent you from suing the person harassing you and the company itself.
The civil rights attorney will likely set up an appointment with the opposing attorney to help determine if the company you work for will settle with you or if your case will be taken to court. The attorney will try their best to get everything settled so you do not have to go to court, as court costs can be expensive.
File Pre-Trial Motion
Once the civil rights attorney has deposed all witnesses and prepared your case, they will have to file documents. For example, if the attorney needs to have some pieces of evidence excluded from the court, they will have to submit a pre-trial motion asking the judge to do this. Once the motion is submitted, it will be brought before the court right before the trial starts. If the motion is not brought before the court it will not take effect.
There are also deadlines the civil rights attorney must follow when submitting a pre-trial motion. This is because they must give the other attorney enough time to look over the motion.
Talk with a civil rights or discrimination attorney about this information and they can give you many more details.Share