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Harassment Victims May Be Entitled to Compensation

harassmentThe Irvine civil litigation attorneys here at Brown & Charbonneau bring a wealth of experience to the table, and we have a strong track record of success when we accept a case. Our team members are certified trial specialists, and we have been developing our reputation for decades.

When you choose our firm, you can rest assured that you will receive top-notch representation on every level, and we also place an emphasis on personalized attention and an uncommon level of responsiveness.

Harassment is one of the types of civil litigation cases that we often handle for our clients. Before we cover each of the different harassment scenarios, we should explain what civil litigation is all about.

If someone is arrested and found guilty of harassing you in one way or another, there would be no financial compensation coming your way if the perpetrator is ultimately convicted or acquitted. Should a guilty verdict be handed down, the individual would be required to observe the penalties are imposed by the court, but you as the victim would not automatically receive any damages.

Under these circumstances, you could engage us to provide representation, and we could file a civil lawsuit on your behalf. The individual that you have accused of harassment could ultimately be required to make you whole financially, even if he or she was found innocent in criminal court.

A good way to understand this process is to think back to the case of O.J. Simpson. He was acquitted of the murder charges, but the parents of Ronald Goldman initiated civil litigation. Ultimately, they obtained a significant judgment from the court. Simpson was held liable for $8.5 million in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages.

Workplace Harassment

In many cases, an employee will go to an in-house superior or human resources to report incidents of workplace harassment. Under these circumstances, the company may initiate legal actions. This can involve a request for a restraining order. This process is complicated for a layperson to person understand, but it is in our wheelhouse.

We can make a strong case to the court to obtain a restraining order. When it is appropriate, we can also see monetary sanctions from the perpetrator of the harassment.

Domestic Violence

If you have been a victim of domestic violence, the first and most important step is to make sure that you are safe going forward. When you engage our firm to represent you in a domestic violence situation, we will endeavor to obtain a restraining order. Subsequently, we can initiate a civil lawsuit. In the past, we have secured awards that have been in the seven figures for molestation and sexual abuse victims.

Harassment on the Internet

Online harassment has become a growing problem, and in some instances, it can become more than a nuisance. Threats can lead to actual violence, and this is certainly not acceptable. If you are experiencing serious harassment on the Internet, you should definitely seek legal counsel.


Another phenomenon that has become more and more common is stalking by former friends, acquaintances, strangers, neighbors, or extended family members. We are here to help if you ever feel as though stalking behavior is negatively impacting your life and putting you at risk.

Contact Brown & Charbonneau Today!

If you would like to discuss harassment or any other type of case with one of our Irvine civil litigation attorneys, our doors are wide open. You can send us a message right now to request a consultation appointment, and we can be reached by phone at 714-406-4420.