If you are claiming that the harassment caused you emotional or mental distress, the harasser will likely demand that you submit to an independent medical examination (IME). In an IME, also known as a defense mental examination (DME), a psychologist or psychiatrist employed by the harasser or your former employer will interview you to determine if your claimed emotional distress is real or feigned, or if it is caused by circumstances that the harasser cannot be blamed for, such as a recent bankruptcy, criminal conviction, loss of a family member, etc. You have the right to record the examination. Like a deposition, you should meet with your attorney to prepare for the mental examination.
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