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Thomas A. Sobecki, Attorney at Law in Toledo Ohio
Thomas A. Sobecki
Attorney at Law
405 Madison Ave. Suite 910
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Areas of Practice
Sex Discrimination & Sexual Harassment

Among the unfortunate realities with which employees must deal in today's culture are the problems of gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. Employees who work in Toledo, Northwest Ohio, and throughout the State are generally protected against sexual harassment and gender-based workplace discrimination by both the Ohio Civil Rights Act and by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Gender discrimination can take many forms, including (but not limited to) failure to hire or failure to promote, hostile work environment based on gender, subjection to different treatment, including harsher discipline, than employees of another gender, denial of training or experience granted to employees of another gender, retaliation for reporting sexual-harassment or gender discrimination, or wrongful termination motivated by gender.

Sexual harassment refers to sexual behavior that is unwelcome and/or inappropriate for the workplace or other environment. Sexual harassment may include verbal harassment; visual harassment, such as derogatory cartoons or sexually oriented pictures; physical harassment such as inappropriate touching; or the request, demand, or even subtle hinting for sexual favors. It can also include gender-based animosity or a sexually charged work environment.

In the work place, sexual harassment can come from either managers or coworkers. But sexual harassment or other forms of gender discrimination may also be found outside the work place, such as in schools, hospitals, governmental agencies, businesses, and any other place in which people interact.

If you have suffered sexual harassment or other forms of gender discrimination in employment in Toledo, Northwest Ohio, or anywhere in the region, whether at your workplace or at any other facility, you may have several options for seeking remedies for that discrimination, including but not limited to bringing legal action against your employer or other institution or agency. While every situation is unique, and recovery may vary depending upon the facts of your situation, you may be entitled to lost pay, recovery of other financial losses, recovery for emotional distress and anxiety caused by the discrimination, and in some cases, restoration of your job if you were wrongfully terminated.

Gender discrimination cases are highly sensitive and require skill and experience to succeed. I have over 29 years experience representing individuals in Toledo, Northwest Ohio, and throughout the region who have faced gender discrimination or harassment in the workplace. I am experienced in handling gender discrimination cases under both state and federal law, and in both state and federal courts.

In addition to representing sexual-harassment and gender discrimination victims in the state and federal courts, I regularly represent such victims before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Toledo and in other parts of Ohio. In many cases, filing a charge of gender discrimination or sexual-harassment with the OCRC or EEOC is a vital and necessary step in pursuing your discrimination claim. While representation by an attorney is not required to pursue a discrimination claim before the EEOC or OCRC, an attorney experienced in sexual harassment and gender discrimination can provide valuable assistance in pursuing your claim, by assisting you in the crucial initial step of filing the charge, in preparing important documentation, in responding to the evidence and arguments advanced by your employer, and in many other ways. Additionally, your attorney can help you ensure that your right to bring a lawsuit is maintained in the event that the EEOC or OCRC does not rule in your favor.

If you believe that you may have been a victim of sexual harassment or other forms of gender discrimination in the workplace or other institution or agency in Toledo, in Northwest Ohio, or anywhere in the region, I encourage you to call my office. Of course, no attorney can guarantee success in a given case, but I will do everything I can to assert your right to work and pursue the financial compensation you deserve, free of sexual discrimination or harassment.

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