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Sexual Harassment at Work

 

Your Voice Can Make a Difference…

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? If you knew that you would be listened to? What would you say?

What would you do if you knew someone had your back, someone who would speak up for you and help to give you that voice…

Many of our Clients have experienced treatment at work which has taken their voices from them.  They have lost their confidence to speak up.  They’re overwhelmed and afraid of the consequences of doing so.

What will people say?

“She’s just a prude…”,

“she can’t take a joke…”,

“it was only a bit of banter…a laugh”… “she should know her place”

Don’t be Afraid

Are you afraid that no-one will listen and that you will be belittled, humiliated or victimised for causing a fuss?

Do you struggle to get over how you were treated at work, by someone you trusted and had worked so hard for? Do you lie awake at night fretting about it… or wake up in the morning with a sick stomach, fearful of what’s going to be thrown at you next?

Many other women just like you find themselves in exactly this situation.  They’re told things like; “You’re making a fuss about nothing”“You’re over-reacting”“You’re too uptight” or “frigid”. “You need to learn to have a sense of humour” or “lighten up…you need to learn to take a compliment”.

But sexual harassment isn’t a joke.  Verbal slurs, rubbing, touching or groping… grabbing, even kissing and being sworn at, isolated, belittled for complaining or even shouted at or abused, sometimes even assaulted is simply unacceptable.

“My confidence was totally destroyed”.

Thousands of women have grown up in the mistaken belief that these things are ok or worse are their fault.  They think that their stories are shameful; that they should never tell anybody.

Enough is Enough…

“My deepest regret was remaining silent to the harassment and abuse”.

Well Enough is Enough.  Even after all of the recent controversies, the #Metoo Campaign, the high-profile sackings in Hollywood, the resignations in Westminster, the hand wringing in high office… Nothing has changed.

Gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace is still at epidemic levels.

It is shocking to see how often this type of discrimination and harassment against women happens in our ‘modern’ society.

I watched as everything I had been working so hard for, was destroyed.”

You are not alone

This has to stop and while we can’t change what happened to you in the past, we can get you compensation for it and together we may be able to use your experience to help protect others.

While you may feel that you are powerless, trying to fight against this type of outrageous behaviour…you are NOT alone.

Employment laws are there to protect you and punish bad employers or work colleagues.  It’s a fact that too many employers still only pay lip service to women’s rights in work and your employer or former employer, may have decided to simply ignore your rights and basic entitlements.

It’s time to change that.

Make your Voice Heard

This may be scary, but you don’t have to do it alone, you can stand up to an unscrupulous employer and we can give you the platform to help make your voice heard by guiding you through the process, having your back and even speaking out for you when needed.

Here’s what one of our Clients said about her experience; “After I spoke out to HR about some inappropriate conduct at work, suddenly everything changed. Eventually I was told that there was to be a re-organisation and that my role was being made redundant.  No-one else was affected.  I felt so humiliated and undervalued.  My confidence was totally destroyed.  The thought that my employer had deemed me so disposable. It was mortifying. Six months later they hired someone else to do the job I had been doing. Same job title, same responsibilities. I was simply discarded like an old sock.”

You Don’t have to accept this

She felt like she was discarded “like an old sock”… completely worthless, that is how utterly devastated and useless she was made feel.

Unfortunately, many women simply accept this as a fact of life.  It’s the way of the world and who am I to change it?  How can I take on the might of a big company?

But that doesn’t need to be the case.  We can help guide you and give you the support you need to stand up for yourself and other women and girls going through a similar experience to yours.

Here’s how we can Help

Our Client LD* was working as a customer services rep in Waterford with a well-known call-centre.

During her time there she had always been well thought of and worked hard.  There was never a shortage of work.  She had already been promoted to a more senior position.  She was going places. At least until she raised an harassment complaint with her employer about how she was being treated by a fellow employee, that is!

Her male supervisor had made crude sexual comments to her.  Initially it was sexual innuendo that made her feel very uncomfortable, but she felt she could live with.

If she spoke up, she’d be seen as a crank.

But then it got worse… Much worse.

It’s Not just “Banter”

He started openly making lewd comments to her about her figure and what he would like to do to her sexually.  About her body and her clothes.  He even said horrible things in front of others who just laughed.  This was “banter” apparently, a bit of “fun”.  But to LD it certainly wasn’t.  It made her sick to her stomach.  She now dreaded going to a job she once loved.

She did the right thing and complained to management via the HR Dignity at Work procedure and then all of a sudden, she became surplus to requirements.

But worse than that, having conducted a cursory ‘lip-service’ investigation, she was threatened by HR and told that she could be subjected to formal disciplinary action for making a “false” complaint.  Even sacked for it.  The Company hadn’t even properly looked into her concerns.  They were circling the wagons and she needed to go.  LD eventually resigned in frustration and disgust.

Her dad contacted us.  LD was devastated and she had completely lost her confidence.  She felt overwhelmed by the whole thing.

We took on her case and helped her lodge her claims with the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).  Her former employer initially fought their corner.  The WRC however awarded LD €45,000.  But most of all, she felt vindicated, empowered, restored.  She had had the courage to stand up to her former employer and to take back the power.

I am so glad I stood up for myself. Not about the money, sure that was nice, but it wasn’t about that. Big companies like that need to respect women, not condone harassment and bury it when it comes to light. If they don’t then who will?.” LD, Waterford

More and more women like LD are coming forward.  The regular, run-of-the-mill, taken-for granted, daily sexist moments that women encounter need to be called out.  Doing so will not only have a big impact on others but also helps restore your self-confidence.  Awards like LD’s do make a difference.  Not only to her former employer but to other employers, to her work colleagues and friends, to the decision-makers out there, but most of all to the people who can’t stand up for themselves; our sisters, daughters and friends, even our Mums and Grandmothers!

What to Do Next – Stand Up to them!

The actions you take now and the choices you make, will not only have a big impact on your own life, but could also affect how other women are treated in the future.  The future is in your hands. You can choose to walk away and simply suffer your situation in silence or you can be proactive, stand up for yourself and take control of it.

This kind of thing should not be “just part of being a woman” or something that “most women are just used to”. That needs to change and the only way of changing it is by standing up against it.

To do that you need help, someone who can give you a platform and take control. You need information and advice from experienced and trusted experts which will allow you to understand your rights and give you the support you need to help you to proceed. You need someone to guide you through the process, and have your back every step of the way, explain what is otherwise a very off-putting and forbidding environment and do some of the dirty work and heavy lifting for you.

What we Do

Our dedicated team of professionals has huge experience working on behalf of and with women in these types of situation.

We have the legal knowledge required to guide you through this complex situation and give you the advice and support you need right now.

We are experienced at resolving these types of claims quickly and effectively – often without you even having to face a drawn-out battle in the WRC.

We understand the emotional pressure and stress you are going through and we can help ease the trauma of it all.  Our aim is to work for you to achieve the best possible outcome so that you can move on with your life.

We will;

  1. Listen to You!
  2. Advise you on your legal rights;
  3. Take all the necessary legal steps required to make your voice heard and;
  4. Get you compensation.

With You, Every Step of the Way

Most of all, we will be with you, every step of the way and when push comes to shove, we will be your voice and put those heard questions, that others may be afraid to ask, to the bullies and make them see the error of their ways.

Barrack Obama once said “one voice can change a room, and if it can change a room, it can change a city and if it can change a city it can change a nation and if it can change a nation it can change the world”.

Make your voice heard and help to change something…

Our service is confidential, discrete and tailored to each Client to fit their individual needs.  We will never disclose your information to others.

What do I need to Do Next?

Every month, we offer a select number of potential clients an opportunity to meet with one of our team for a free, no obligation, initial consultation to discuss the options available to you.

At that meeting we will LISTEN and go through with you every aspect of your case and can give you clear advice about your options, what legal steps you can take to make this stop and we will also explain the whole process and the strengths and weaknesses of your case.  If you wish to proceed we will file your claim, draft written submissions and represent you at any hearing in the WRC or Labour Court.

Due to high demand and because we only work with a limited number of cases, we only offer 20 appointments a month.  We know that these appointments always fill up very quickly.  Contact us today to see how we can help you chose the outcome you want.  Please also remember that you only have six months from the last date of harassment to make your claim so don’t delay, the clock is ticking.  After that six months time limit passes, your claim is what’s called “statute barred” which means that you can’t make a claim at all after that.

Make An Enquiry

Call us today on 1890 88 90 90 or email info@employment-matters.ie to find out more about how we can help or click here to make a Free Online Enquiry and we will soon be in touch to help you.