Due to precautions related to COVID-19, we have expanded our options for remote consultations. Please contact our office to discuss whether a full phone consultation or video conference is appropriate for your situation. Contact Us
Schimmel & Parks, APLC - Litigation
Tell Us About Your Case 818-922-8544

Reporting sexual misconduct to HR isn’t always effective

In the wake of the MeToo movement, countless industries have seen an increase in sexual harassment claims. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sexual misconduct complaints increased 13.6% in 2018.

People may wonder why some employees don’t bring their case to Human Resources rather than filing a complaint or going to court. That’s because some have found their HR departments to be unhelpful in these situations.

One workerexperience

In a recent story, a woman named Maya said a wealthy board member sexually harassed her. At first, she tried to manage the situation herself by deflecting unwanted comments about her appearance and politely asking the alleged harasser to stop calling her pet names. However, Maya became upset when another high-ranking figure reportedly made inappropriate advances towards a college intern. That’s when she decided to bring her complaint to HR.

Unfortunately, the department allegedly did nothing. According to the report, HR officials did not give a timeline or share updates regarding an investigation. Eventually, as her efforts continued to go nowhere, Maya resigned from her position, disappointed that her claim was not taken seriously.

Why investigations dont always go through

In a perfect world, workplaces would be more willing to address sexual harassment claims and promptly talk to employees who reported being victimized. Yet, some HR departments can be slow to respond to such concerns, even though half of the profession is made up of women. That's because women often still face gender inequalities, especially when responding to male executives.

What to do when HR doesnt help

Luckily, going directly to Human Resources isn’t the only way to report harassment. Here are some alternatives workers can try:

  • Take their report directly to the manager if they feel they can trust them.
  • File a complaint with the EEOC.
  • If an employee is fired for talking to management or making an EEOC complaint, they can file a retaliation claim.

Victims of harassment deserve a voice

While employers are legally obligated to protect employees from a hostile work environment, HR may not always encourage leaders to fire harassers. While employers nowadays are often ready to face sexual harassment lawsuits with a strong front, victims still have options available for seeking legal help.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Insurance
    Bad Faith Result

    $250 Million

    Recovery for policyholders victimized by insurance bad faith practices following Northridge Earthquake.

  • Recent Class
    Action Result

    $23 Million

    Judgment on behalf of a class of employees for personal injury and loss of property related to illegal working conditions.

  • Recent Insurance
    Bad Faith Result

    $4 Million

    Recovery in defense costs for insureds denied their right to independent counsel by their insurance companies.

More Case Results

"I just wanted to say thank you again for taking our case through trial. We just think you are the best." - John S.

Read More Testimonials
super lawyers | Alan I Schimmel super lawyers | Michael Parks AV preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings LACBA los angeles county bar association The state bar of california Consumer Attorneys Association of los angeles CAALA

Legal Support When You Most Need It

To learn more, or to speak with a lawyer, reach out to our firm today. You can call us at 818-922-8544 or reach us online. We're here to answer your questions and address your concerns.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

email us for a response
Based in Sherman Oaks, we serve throughout the region.

Schimmel & Parks, APLC
15303 Ventura Blvd
Suite 650
Comerica Building
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Phone: 818-922-8544
Fax: 818-464-5091
Sherman Oaks Law Office Map

Contact This Office