Fellerman & Ciarimboli attorneys Greg Fellerman and Molly Clark answer a question from a viewer who is having trouble at work. She says her boss has been making sexual comments to her. She’s afraid to say something so what can she do?
Dave Kuharchik: It is time for “The Law & You.” We have a situation on the job we’re going to talk about tonight for our question. First, let’s introduce the cast, we have Greg Fellerman here and Molly Clark, who’s here for Ed. Good to see you both.
Molly Clark: Good to see you.
Greg Fellerman: Cast of characters.
Dave: Well, we’ve got the cast of characters together to tackle this question we’ve been hearing a lot about as of late of the news. Erin in Jermyn says, “My boss keeps making sexual comments to me at work and it’s making me uncomfortable. I feel like if I say something I will get fired. What can I do?” Molly, Erin sounds like she’s in a tough spot here, what can she do?
Molly: Erin, I think you want to definitely say something. You want to see if there’s anybody in the HR department or anybody in your office that you’re comfortable with. You need to get this documented. It’s very important that you do report it and get it documented and then go from there. As far as your question about whether or not you could get fired, Pennsylvania is an at will employee state, you can get fired for basically anything. Our state, however, if they fired you for something like that and they had no other reasons and your personal file was fairly clean, they can get in a lot of trouble for firing you for that. You could have a retaliation claim or something of that nature.
Greg: I agree with Molly. I think, in the employment setting there’s no place for this type of conduct anywhere in any shape or form. When it happens, you have to be proactive and reach out to your HR. I think you need to immediately reach out to counsel to et some advice so you could know how to handle it. Then it becomes a federal case. They are hotly contested. It could become a he said, she said. If you could get witnesses and you could document it and you did everything right, I think you know should not allow it to continue. You should seek counsel and make the report. Absolutely.
Dave: For those who need legal advice or direction, you can reach the attorneys by checking them out online. Don’t forget, results matter with attorneys Greg Fellerman and Molly Clark tonight. Thanks we’ll see you next time.
Greg: Thanks Dave.
Molly: See you next time.
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