You can also try calling the Ohio Employment Lawyers Association for a referral. http://www.oelasmart.net/
This is a group composed entirely of attorneys who represent employees and defend their rights.
As far as how much evidence is needed to prove retaliation, that varies significantly from case to case. Things that are considered are severity of the employer's negative actions against the employee, proximity of these actions to the employee's participation in a prior complaint of discrimination, and alternate justifications offered by the employer.
The employee has the burden of proving that the employer retaliated against the employee. This can be a very difficult burden to meet, and unfortunately, there are some cases in which an employer did retaliate against his employee, but the employee cannot meet his burden of proof.
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There are a lot of employment attorneys in Ohio that are not afraid to take on sexual harassment cases against large companies, particularly if the facts of the case are very egregious. Our firm does free consultations for cases like this, so if you'd like to contact me I can set up a free consultation for you to discuss your case. My email is Rachel@thefriedmannfirm.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
I am not sure who at the EEOC is giving you this advice or why, but they are most likely not an attorney. Just because you don't have an actual witness or a "smoking gun" document doesn't mean there is no proof or an attorney won't take your case. A good employment attorney will evaluate your story and timeline in a thorough consultation and then decide whether to take your case. As for the size of the company, our firm's attitude is that the size of the company has no relevance. We have filed suit against Coca Cola, Ohio State, Astra Zeneca, Home Depot, Protor & Gamble and GE, to name just a few.
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