If you prevail in your sexual harassment lawsuit, the court will award you your attorney’s fees and costs.
If you retain a lawyer to represent you in a sexual harassment lawsuit, you will likely enter into a written fee agreement with him or her. The chances are that the agreement will state that you have retained the attorney to provide you with legal services on a contingency basis. This means that the attorney will work for you without billing you before trial and will pay the costs of the lawsuit on your behalf until your case is settled or won. If the case settles, the attorney will likely take a percentage of the settlement, usually between 20% and 45%. The attorney will also likely seek reimbursement of his or her costs from the settlement before respective percentages are determined. You should speak to a tax professional about the tax consequences of an award or settlement.
Not only is sexual harassment illegal. The law also prohibits:
- Racial harassment
- Religious harassment
- Age-based harassment
- Harassment based on disability
- Harassment based on ethnicity or national origin