Sexual Harassment Claims

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Common Questions

What is sexual harassment?

You may have a claim for sexual harassment if you have been subjected to unwelcome sexual conduct by someone else, in ways that a reasonable person would anticipate could offend, humiliate or intimidate you.

Sexual harassment can include:

  • inappropriate advances
  • intrusive questions
  • inappropriate comments
  • staring, touching
  • sexually explicit messages
  • requests for sex or unwanted date requests
  • physical assault
  • indecent exposure
  • stalking

If you, or someone close to you, is experiencing any of these behaviors, it is important that you seek advice for counselling and support.

You can also contact us for legal advice free of charge on 1300 769 665. We have a team of trained lawyers trained to deal sensitively with your situation.

Where can it occur?

Most sexual harassment cases occur in the workplace.

However, sexual harassment can also happen in:

  • schools
  • universities
  • sports teams
  • child care centres
  • church or church run institutions
  • medical service centres
  • public places
  • the Australian Defence Force; or
  • on-line
  • on the phone

Do I have a claim for sexual harassment at work?

Sexual harassment at work is illegal.

Your employer can be held liable for sexual harassment in the workplace unless they can prove that they took all reasonable steps to prevent the sexual harassment from occurring.

There are time limits for making a claim for sexual harassment or abuse, so it is important to get advice as soon as possible. However, even if you think the time limit has passed, still contact us for advice.

What should I do if am being sexually harassed at work?

In addition to seeking legal advice, there are a number of things that you can do.

  1. Keep a diary

Make notes of who, what, when and where the abuse occurs. This will make it easy to remember and help us with your claim if you decide to proceed with seeking compensation.

  1. Don’t wait till it gets worse

Many employees don’t do anything because they don’t want to make a fuss, or they think they can deal with whatever is happening by ignoring it. In some situations, this can lead to the abuse getting worse, and you could suffer a stress related work in injury which stops you working at all.

Addressing the situation early also means that you might protect others in your workplace from experiencing abuse.

  1. Make a complaint

Find out if your employer has any policies in relation to making a complaint (they should) and this will direct you who to contact and how.

A written complaint is best because it is often a less confronting way of bringing a difficult situation to light.

A written complaint is also helpful if you want to make a claim, as it can be used as evidence. When writing your complaint be concise, and try to stick to the key points.

If you need help making a complaint, we would encourage you to get legal advice first, to support and guide you. Our team are always ready to give you sensitive and careful guidance.

  1. Contact your union

Most unions have experience dealing with these situations and supporting you through it.

Also, if there are a number of people in your workplace affected, you might be able to make a claim together. There’s power in numbers.

  1. See your GP

If you are being affected by workplace harassment, it will be affecting your mental and physical health. Go and see your doctor for support and advice on how you can best look after yourself. They can put you in touch with free counsellors dealing specifically with these situations. 

Contact us. At Monaco Solicitors we are specialists in this area of law and we can guide you through the steps to keep you safe and outline what your legal options are.

Why trust MCL with my sexual harassment case?

At Monaco Solicitors we understand that by the time you contact us you have been through a difficult and traumatic experience, so all of the lawyers in our Abuse Team have been carefully selected for their sensitivity and empathy.

Our lawyers have also received specialised training in trauma awareness, so you will be treated with respect and sensitivity.

Will I have to go to court?

The good news is, probably not. At MCL, we understand the last thing you want is more stress. So, in most cases we are able to resolve these claims without the stress and expense of going to court.

Most cases resolve quickly and confidentially, with our lawyers dealing directly with your employer and their legal representatives, or through a confidential conciliation.

In the rare instance where your claim might need to go to court, we have the financial muscle and legal experience to go the distance with you. We’ll be with you every step of the way.

How much will it cost me?

We believe that everyone should have access to legal representation irrespective of their financial situation.

It is for this reason that we have introduced our No-Win-No-Fee Guarantee. This scheme allows for payment of our legal costs to be postponed until after the successful conclusion of your claim. No successful outcome, no fee owing. It is as simple as that.

If you have a valid claim, we will offer you a No-Win – No-Fee contract. It is a simple and easy-to-understand document that we will provide you before we start work on your claim.

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You can afford high quality legal representation without having to pay any upfront costs. We will never charge unless we successfully recover compensation. This means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you don’t have to reimburse us for any of the legal fees and expenses associated with your case.

Free advice from a solicitor

You can get free advice from one of our expert lawyers both on the phone and or in person. How does it work? You simply call us at 1300 769 665 and you will be transferred to one of our lawyers who will provide you with clear and comprehensive advice free of charge. You can also submit an enquiry online and, again, our written advice to you will be obligation free.

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At MCL we take pride in our work and work tirelessly to be the best in the industry. We have been voted Personal Injury Law Firm of the Year 2018 (ACQ5 Global Awards) and Most Outstanding Australian Compensation Law Firm (AI 2019 Excellence Awards).

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Leaders in our field

For over 20 years MCL has been a leader in the field of compensation law. With 43 offices nationwide, we can deliver our services to you wherever you are. No matter how big or small your claim, we have the expertise to handle it successfully.

We are specialists in compensation

At Monaco, our lawyers are some of the best trained and qualified in the industry. We have a team dealing exclusively with Sexual Harassment claims, headed up by an Accredited Specialist. So no matter how complex your claim, we have the expertise to handle it successfully.

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Don’t let insurance companies pay less than your claim is worth. You deserve substantial compensation for your suffering and it is our responsibility to get it for you. We have the training and expertise to ensure that nothing will be left to chance when preparing your claim. The result – maximum compensation recovered in every case.

We are in for the long haul

Compensation claims can be expensive to run. We have the financial muscle to go the distance against the limitless resources that can be deployed by the insurance companies. If we take your case, we’ll run it on a No Win No Fee basis, so you have nothing to lose.

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