Claim for sexual assault at work

Claims against your employer following a sexual assault by a colleague. 

If you want to make a claim of sexual assault at work we can help and provide you with the expert legal advice you need.

As a victim of sexual assault, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. We have the knowledge, expertise and experience to help you claim the compensation that you deserve.

The expert advice you need.

Your work should be a place where you feel safe and able to carry out your job without fear of harassment or assault by your colleagues or management.

If you are subject to a sexual assault while at work we can help you claim compensation not only for any physical injuries but also the resulting stress and upset as well as all and any financial losses this may arise. This can include lost income and the cost of any treatment you may require as a result of the assault.

You do not need to sustain a physical injury for an incident to be regarded as an assault;  touching you in a sexual and unwanted manner is sufficient.

Claims can be brought for groping right the way through to forced sexual contact and rape.

To see how we can help get in touch with us today:

  • call us today on 0113 224 7804. We will listen in complete confidence and give you the best advice on the strength of your claim. We will answer all your questions so that you can decide whether you want to proceed with your claim. If you do; we are here for you and can help.
  • email your contact details with as much information as you want to give us and we will call or email you; just let us know what works best for you. Email us at RASA@cohencramer.co.uk
  • pop your details in the contact box at the bottom of this page. We will get back to you for a free, confidential chat to see how we can help you.

Claiming direct from your employers.

You do not need to bring your claim against the individual who assaulted you; you can do but they may not have sufficient money to make payment for both your compensation and your legal costs and, as they will be paying from their own assets, they may seek to defend a claim causing you further distress and upset.

In certain circumstances, it is possible to bring a claim against your employers for injury (both physical and mental) and financial loss resulting from a sexual assault by a colleague or manager. This is known as vicarious liability and allows a far greater chance of obtaining your compensation as your damages are paid by your employer’s insurers.

What can you claim for sexual assault at work?

As mentioned above there doesn’t have to be any physical injury; unwanted attempted sexual contact can constitute an assault for the purposes of bringing a claim.

We have the knowledge and expertise to advise you as to the possible recovery of compensation from your employers in relation to such an assault.

Like any civil claim, you will be entitled to compensation for any injury you sustained as a result of the assault. This includes psychological damage such as stress, depression or PTSD.

We will obtain a medical report setting out the impact the incident has had on you. The report will detail any treatment required and the prognosis for your recovery. This report will be used to value your claim.

We will also look to recover your financial losses such as lost past and future income, as well as any treatment costs, gratuitous care and any other losses arising from the incident.

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Why you should bring a claim against your employer if you can.

There are advantages to bringing a claim against your employer rather than against an individual or to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

  • Your employer is likely to have insurance allowing payment of any settlement or court award.
  • An employer is more likely to deal with a claim in a professional and unemotional manner so reducing any aggravation and upset you may have in making a claim
  • You are more likely to recover all or the majority of your legal costs leaving you with a larger level of damages
  • You can, when claiming from an employer, claim lost any income from day one of your absence whereas the CICA disregard the first 28 weeks of lost income.

When can I bring a claim against my employer for sexual assault by a colleague?

To bring a claim against your attacker’s employer you need to show that there is a link between the attack and the employment of your attacker. It is not enough to show that your attacker was employed by the same party that employs you. There has been a sufficient degree of control and ‘care’ between you and the role/job description of your attacker before the assault.

The best way to look at this is to consider a couple of examples we have dealt with:

  • a woman, on a works conference, was required an overnight stay in a hotel. Her manager plied her with drink and then forced his way into her room and sexually assaulted her.  The employers admitted liability as there was sufficient proximity between the designated role of the manager and the abuse. Basically, he was supposed to ‘manage’ and be responsible for the care and well being of staff members during work-related activities. Compensation was awarded to his victim because he had failed in his role.
  • a woman agrees to go on a date with a colleague of a similar pay grade and position; he sexually assaults her while on the date. The employers would not be liable as the assault was not as a result of the position of the attacker and their employment was incidental to the assault (the victim can still make a claim to the cica or against their attacker on a personal basis)

How can I bring a claim against my employer for sexual assault at work by a colleague?

If you do choose to proceed with a civil claim against your attacker’s employers you will need to show, on the balance of probabilities that the incident occurred. This is a lower burden of proof than required for a criminal conviction. This means that you may still be successful with a civil claim in the absence of any criminal charges or prosecution. Conversely, if there has been a criminal conviction then it is very likely that a civil claim will be successful.

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Start Your Claim Today

To see how we can help you claim the compensation that you deserve, get in touch with us today. All calls and emails are in complete confidence and there is no obligation; you don’t even have to give your name.

We offer sympathetic but practical advice:

  • call Mike Massen on 0113 224 7804. We will listen in complete confidence and give you the best advice on the strength of your claim. We will answer all your questions so that you can decide whether you want to proceed with your claim. If you do; we are here for you and can help. 
  • If you would prefer to speak to a woman call Alison Ludwell on 0113 224 7816
  • email your contact details with as much information as you want to give us and we will call or email you; just let us know what works best for you. Email us at RASA@cohencramer.co.uk

Your claim can be dealt with on a No Win-No Fee basis so you don’t have to worry about the cost of bringing your claim.

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