Can You Go to Jail for Sexual Harassment in Minnesota?

An accusation of sexual harassment can seriously impact your career and professional reputation, and you might be concerned about the repercussions. Our legal team is here to help you understand the laws behind these cases and the aftermath of these charges.

With 30 years of experience and thousands of successful cases in the Southern Minnesota area, our lawyers at Knutson + Casey may be able to guide you through the process of defending yourself after sexual harassment accusations whether it be criminal or in a harassment restraining order or order for proection. We have the tools to help you understand the potential penalties for sexual harassment and what you should do after being accused.

What Are the Penalties for Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment situations can sometimes arise in a school or work environment. Companies and other institutions have different policies regarding sexual harassment, so when someone is accused, the case is often handled within the organization. However, some cases may be brought to Minnesota civil court if the plaintiff is unsatisfied with the internal investigation.

Because civil claims like sexual harassment are not always included in the criminal justice system, they do not necessarily result in jail or prison time. However, they can involve financial penalties. Your company or institution may also have its own penalties or requirements for those accused of sexual harassment.

What Constitutes Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

According to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, the following is considered sexual harassment:

“Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.”

Therefore, sexual harassment consists of any unwanted physical or verbal behavior that affects someone’s job. Instances of sexual harassment can include the following:

  • Inappropriate jokes or gestures
  • Promising someone a promotion if they perform sexual acts
  • Threatening to fire someone if they challenge the harassment
  • Non-consensual touching or hugging
  • Commentary about someone’s gender

We also encourage you to read up on your company’s sexual harassment policy and reach out to your supervisor so you can follow the proper steps. Documenting any details about your side of the story will also help us best present your case.

If you believe that you are a victim of workplace sexual harassment, please contact the experienced attorneys at Knutson + Casey to assist you. For a free, confidential consultation, please fill out our contact form or call us at (507) 344-8888.

How Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer Help in a Sexual Harassment Case?

If you are being charged with criminal sexual harassment, you may want to seek help from our skilled legal team. We may provide legal advice, guidance, and personalized service to defend your case. A criminal defense lawyer can assist you in the following ways:

  • Gathering evidence to cast doubt on the accusation
  • Figuring out the best path forward
  • Helping you understand your rights
  • Interviewing any witnesses
  • Getting information together to help your case

Speak to a Knowledgeable Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney at Knutson + Casey

We understand the serious effects sexual harassment accusations can have on your career and your future. You have the right to defend yourself, and our seasoned lawyers at Knutson + Casey may be able to advocate for you and present your case in the best way possible. We have helped thousands of clients in the Southern Minnesota area and are fully equipped with innovative solutions and over 30 years of experience.

Throughout your case, you will have one attorney working directly with you from beginning to end to ensure you get the representation you deserve and reduce the stress of the situation. For a free, confidential consultation, please fill out our contact form or call us at (507) 344-8888.