Sexual Harassment Defense

The Defense Never Rests

Walter Ruiz

Sexual harassment claims are on the rise in workplaces throughout the country. While we applaud victims for finding the courage to speak out against their abusers, we understand that vindictive and false accusations do occur. The damaging effects of sexual harassment on victims cannot be ignored or denied, but neither can the devastating impact of a false allegation.


In Virginia, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for favors of a sexual nature, or any other sexual conduct when the behavior also involves one of the following factors:

  • Submission to the sexual conduct is made a condition of employment;
  • Submission or rejection of the conduct is used in employment decisions;
  • The conduct unreasonably interferes with the individual’s ability to work; or
  • The conduct creates a hostile, offensive, or intimidating work environment.

Methodically building a comprehensive defense and public relations strategy is the only way to mitigate and effectively defend against  the negative consequences of such serious allegations.

Behavior that can be considered sexual harassment according to EEOC guidelines includes:

  • Sexual innuendos;
  • Jokes of sexual nature;
  • Graphic commentaries;
  • Demands for sexual favors;
  • Unwanted touching or other physical contact;
  • Insulting sounds; and
  • Obscene gestures.

In many sexual harassment cases, the basis of the claims rests on personal testimony from the parties. It is not uncommon for these types of cases to have little physical evidence to support the claims. Mr. Ruiz is a fearless and relentless skilled examiner who will work tirelessly to expose and hold accountable false accusers.