The court usually schedules your sexual harassment trial to take place about one year after your lawsuit is filed. Sometimes, the trial does not start as scheduled because many judges schedule other trials to take place at the same time. Although this is extremely inconvenient for you and your witnesses, you must make sure that you and your witnesses are available at the time of trial to testify before the court at the time it is convenient for the court. Your trial can take place in State of federal court before a judge or a jury. A similar procedure can also take place in arbitration. At trial, the plaintiff will have the burden of proof to win the case (the burden of persuasion), though the defendant will have the burden of proof on his defenses. Before trial, the court will allow the parties to engage in Discovery, a process that allows them to investigate their claims under the civil procedure code applicable to the court.
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