Claim for rape or sexual assault by colleague

Advice and assistance from Cohen Cramer

If you have been the victim of rape or sexual assault by a colleague, co-worker or employer then you we can help you claim the compensation you deserve.

Sexual assault at work can take many forms; anything from inappropriate touching to rape falls within the category of sexual assault. Even though the sexist office culture that was prevalent in the 1970’s has, fortunately diminished,  there are still some who feel that ‘office banter’ and ‘just a bit of fun and a laugh’ is an excuse for groping and sexual harassment; it is not and such behaviour is not to be expected nor tolerated in the workplace. If you have been a victim of such behaviour in the past three years you can look to claim for the stress and upset that it has caused you.

If the attack occurred during works time, in the course of your employment such as a course held off-site or at a function organised by your employer then they may be vicariously liable for the assault. Vicarious liability means that they are responsible for the actions of their employees in much the same way as a bus company is liable if one of their drivers crashes into another vehicle.

Such incidents of assault can be traumatic and life changing; we understand this and will make sure that you receive compensation, not only for the physical act, but also for any long-term psychological effects of the assault.

In addition we can where relevant, recover damages in relation to:

  • lost income for treatment or recovery as well as any long-term absence from work that may result from the attack
  • the cost of any treatment or counselling you may need
  • all and any other financial losses that may arise

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Frequently Asked Questions.

I feel that I was bullied into having sex with my boss – can I make a claim?

You can still be a victim if you were coerced into giving your consent. This could be the offer of promotion in return for sex or the refusal of promotion if you don’t acquiesce. Basically if a position of power is abused, then there may be a claim for compensation. It will be necessary to show that there was some element of coercion used.

I haven’t reported the attack to the police – can I still make a claim?

Yes, there does not have to be a criminal prosecution for you to bring a civil claim. To prove a civil claim there is a lower burden of proof so you only have to show that it is more likely than not that the incident occurred as you say.

I went for a drink with a colleague after work and they raped me – can I claim?

In this situation you can bring a claim against your attacker personally, but you may have difficulties holding your employer vicariously liable. For your employer to be responsible for the actions of their employees it will necessary to establish a link between the duties of the employee and the assault. This can include a manager using their position to orchestrate a situation where the assault can occur e.g. taking a junior staff member on a course and then plying them with drink. In the normal course of events, if you were assaulted by a colleague after you had agreed to go for a drink with them outside of work hours, then it is unlikely your employer would be held to be liable.

I got drunk at a works party and was attacked by an unknown party on my way home – can I claim?

You may be entitled to make a claim from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) as a victim of violent crime, but it is unlikely that your employers would be liable unless shown they had been negligent in looking after you.

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