Dealing with sexual misconduct in the workplace can be incredibly distressing. Understanding the legal distinctions and protections available in Georgia is crucial for anyone facing such situations. At Gunn Law Group, we’re committed to providing robust support and clear guidance to help victims of workplace sexual assault and harassment seek justice.

Understanding Georgia’s Sexual Misconduct Laws

In Georgia, the law specifically prohibits sexual relations between individuals in positions of authority and their subordinates. This applies broadly across various settings, including workplaces, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and more. It’s important to note that consent is not considered a valid defense in situations where a power imbalance exists, such as between supervisors and their employees, or teachers and their students.

Sexual Assault vs. Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment typically involves creating a hostile work environment through unwanted remarks or suggestions that are sexual in nature. This can include gender-based discriminatory remarks or implications that sexual favors are required for employment benefits.

Sexual Assault in Georgia refers to a more severe form of misconduct, often involving physical contact without consent. Under Georgia law, this includes any sexual contact by someone in a supervisory or disciplinary role, regardless of consent.

Identifying Sexual Assault

Georgia law defines sexual battery as intentional physical contact with the intimate parts of another person without their consent. The law specifically identifies intimate parts as the primary genital area, anus, groin, inner thighs, buttocks, and breasts. Enhanced penalties are enforced for assaults involving minors under the age of 16.

Steps to Take if You Experience Sexual Assault in the Workplace

  1. Report the Incident: Immediately report the incident to your workplace’s human resources department or management team. It’s also advisable to notify the Georgia Department of Labor or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which handles claims related to sexual harassment and assault.
  2. Document Everything: Keep detailed records of all incidents, including dates, times, places, and the names of any witnesses. Documenting communications and keeping any relevant emails or messages can also be helpful.
  3. Seek Legal Counsel: Consulting with an experienced attorney specializing in sexual assault can provide the necessary guidance and representation to navigate the complexities of your case effectively.

Gunn Law Group’s Commitment

At Gunn Law Group, we understand the sensitivity and complexity of cases involving sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to supporting victims by providing expert legal representation and working tirelessly to ensure that justice is served.

If you or someone you know has been affected by workplace sexual misconduct, do not hesitate to contact Gunn Law Group at 888 244 4866. Let “the Big Gunn” advocate for your rights and help secure the support and compensation you deserve.


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