I’m curious as to my options to file charges against my former employer for sexual assault in the workplace.Last year at my job at massage envy the owner of the business sexually assaulted me. He grabbed my buttocks and my genitals forcefully for longer than a second and then when I told him it was an appropriate he said shut up I sign your paycheck. I have lived with this for over a year and I fear as though I’ve waited too long to do anything about this that nothing can come of it. But I don’t want this to go on punished if he’s done this to me he’s probably done this to somebody else and will continue to do this and do things like this other people
This sounds like an obvious case of illegal sexual harassment. The only potential problem is that you said it happened last year. Under the law, you have only 180 days to file a charge/complaint of sexual harassment with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (EEOC). If the owner has done similar things or made comments or threats more recently (within the last 180 days), then you can claim it is a continuing pattern and practice which may allow you to still file with the EEOC. Of course, even without the claim for sexual harassment, you can still file a lawsuit for claims such as assault, battery, false imprisonment.
You clearly were the recipient of a sexually inappropriate incident. You possibly can pursue claims for sexual harassment (other factors need to be known, including, but not limited to when exactly the owner did this to you, and if he has made additional, more recent sexual touches/comments), battery, etc... Speak with an attorney to discuss your options.
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