How Much Time do I Have to File a Legal Complaint for Sexual Harassment?
A legal claim for sexual harassment, or retaliation for reporting harassment, falls under the anti-discrimination laws. For this reason, it has a short statute of limitations- 300 days from the triggering event.
What is the "triggering event"? In retaliation cases it is fairly clear- whenever the retaliatory action occurred. In other types of harassment suits it can be less clear, as the behaviors may have persisted over a period of time. There is a doctrine called "continuing violation" which can allow a court or agency to look back beyond 300 days under certain circumstances. However, to be sure you do not lose the right to bring valid claims, it is a good idea to consult an employment lawyer as soon as you believe that you are the target of sexual harassment.
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