Las Vegas Workplace Harassment Lawyers

Workplace harassment could be very devastating. Fortunately, there are several laws in place on the federal level and on the state level that address workplace harassment concerns. Nevada laws allow a victim who is being harassed at work to recover compensation for their injuries suffered. If you or a loved one have been harassed at work, contact our top-rated Las Vegas employment attorneys immediately.

Workplace harassment can take place in many different places, and can take form in many different ways. We treat each workplace harassment claim with individualized attention because we understand that no to workplace harassment claims are alike. Workplace harassment claims in Nevada could also get very complex, especially if there are multiple parties involved. Our-top rated Las Vegas attorneys will help you navigate through the legal process and make sure you get the maximum compensation you deserve.

What is workplace harassment in Nevada?

According to Nevada employment laws, workplace harassment is defined as any unwelcome behavior that is based upon a protected class, such as the employees’ race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, and physical or mental disability.

Common Types of Workplace Harassment in Nevada

Harassment can occur in many different ways; the most common types of workplace harassment include:

  • Abuse of the power: this occurs when a manager or supervisor makes demands that are unreasonable or illegal
  • Online bullying
  • Retaliation
  • Psychological harassment

Can you sue for harassment in the workplace?

Sexual harassment in Nevada falls under a hostile work environment claim. A hostile work environment is a type of workplace environment that fosters sexual harassment. When an employer subjects the victim to physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, the victim has a claim against their employer.

What kind of compensation could I receive for my workplace harassment claim in Nevada?

The type of compensation you could receive depends on the circumstances of the hostile work environment. For example, someone who has suffered through extreme emotional trauma may be able to recover more in compensation compared to someone who may not have pain and suffering damages. Examples of compensation include:

  • Back pay: this refers to lost wages the employee has to suffer from taking time off work
  • Front pay: this refers to any future time off work the employee need to heal from their injuries
  • Medical bills: this is any hospital stay, medication, or physical rehabilitation the employee has needed
  • Pain and suffering: emotional trauma falls under pain and suffering damages, and includes instances such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, insomnia
  • Attorney’s fees
  • Punitive damages: if the workplace harassment claim does get to be tried in Nevada court, then the judge will determine whether the employee who has been harassed could qualify for any punitive damages. Punitive damages are exemplary damages, and can be much greater than compensatory damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish defendants for their actions.

What is a hostile work environment?

A hostile work environment is described under Nevada state law, and refers to any type of harassment that prevents the victim (the employee) from being able to do tasks.

What should I do if I have been a victim of sexual harassment in Nevada?

  • Gather as much evidence as possible. Unfortunately, those who may not have strong evidence against their employer for sexual harassment me not be able to recover as much in compensation. Make sure you record any witness information, along with gathering any evidence such as emails and / or texts.
  • Contact your human resources department to discuss the sexual harassment claim that took place. We encourage our clients to seek advice from their human resources department to be able to put an end to the harassment. If the human resources department fails to take any action, we advise that you get into  contact with our attorneys.
  • Contact our top-rated Nevada workplace harassment attorneys to see how you can recover injuries and compensation.

Do workplace harassment claims in Nevada end up settling?

According to the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, the majority of workplace harassment cases end up settling. Usually, the case is settled because going to court may be very costly, and may result in less legal fees.

How do I file a sexual harassment claim in Nevada?

If you have experienced sexual harassment at the workplace, there are specific steps you may take to make sure you hold the at fault party liable for your damages. The victim is able to file a claim with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. These departments handle harassment claims, and will investigate the claim to determine whether the plaintiff has enough evidence. If after the investigation the department determines that the claim is valid, the plaintiff will then be given the “right to sue.” 

Once you have the “right to sue” document, you are able to file a personal civil lawsuit against your employer. It could be difficult to navigate through both these claims processes, that is why we advise our clients to get into contact with a top-rated employment attorney near them to assist. Our experienced workplace harassment attorneys are available 24/7 to listen to your concerns, and to assist you in filing these claims.

When should I file my workplace sexual harassment claim in Nevada

Victims of sexual harassment in Nevada have 300 days from the date of the harassment to file a claim with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. However, this time limit will be shorter if your employer is a government entity. To determine if you qualify under any exceptions, or if a shorter time limit applies, contact us today.

Could I file a lawsuit for workplace harassment in Nevada?

If the Nevada Equal Rights Commission or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is unable to settle between the two parties, you may be able to file a claim against your employer for:

  • Defamation
  • Battery
  • Intentional infliction of emotional distress

How much is a harassment claim worth in Nevada?

According to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, usually workplace harassment claims end up settling for around $53,000. However, please keep in mind that this number is subject to change depending on the circumstances of the workplace harassment. Victims who have filed the case in court could receive around $200,000 on average.

Could I receive unemployment benefits in Nevada if I have been wrongfully terminated?

If you are out of work for no reason of your own, you may be qualified for unemployment benefits in Nevada. However, you must meet the state’s earning requirements. This is dependent on the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation. To determine if you are eligible to receive unemployment benefits, contact our attorneys today.