you are a victim (or a witness) of sexual harassment
resource representative in your company, if there is one
association, whose goal is to combat discrimination based on sex
or morals (see resource
pages, French only)
a work inspector
who can file a complaint if he observes a discriminatory act. Contact
the DDTEFP (Direction Départementale du Travail, de l'Emploi
et de la Formation Professionnelle) in your department.
can file a criminal complaint
can bring the dispute before :
the Conciliation Board (conseil des prud'hommes) competent for
a dispute with your employer concerning the execution or the termination
of your work contract (ex. refusal of a promotion, unlawful termination)
the District Court (tribunal de grande instance), who due to
its correctional responsabilities, can pronounce penal sanctions
against the employer, or against the person who abused his authority.
Le tribunal de grande instance is also competent concerning acts of
sexual harassment intervening during recruitment or acts in which a
client of the company is the author. You must have an attorney
file before the tribunal de grande instance. If you wish to be rewarded
damages to compensate you for the harm you suffered, you must
file civil charges.
trade union or an association can act on your behalf
By giving your written agreement to a
trade union, the union can bring a case before the Conciliation
Board (conseil des prud'hommes) and, eventually,
file a civil complaint (on its behalf however,
not yours) before a criminal judge
which has existed for a minimum of 5 years by the date of the discriminatory
and whose object is to combat discrimination based on sex or morals
can act before the penal jurisdiction
if the association has your written agreement.
The association can also file a civil complaint
(on its behalf, as well).
In all cases,
the judge will evaluate the reality and the seriousness
of the acts in view of the proof that you supply. It is also very
important to supply any elements that will be useful in convincing
the judge : documents, witness statements, etc.