Sexual Harassment


At the Tennessee Victim Law Firm we do not file cases against the employer- we file Assault and Battery cases or Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress cases directly against the perpetrator.  We believe that you should sue the person who molested or battered you, rather than suing your employer, which is different than what most employment law attorneys do.

Most Employment Law attorneys are not able to help victims of sexual harassment, groping, or battery if their employer has less than 15 full-time employees. The reason for this is that the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) laws that were passed in 1964 (1964 Civil Rights Act) can only be applied to businesses that employ 15 or more full-time employees. We have had many clients tell us that they tried to pursue a groping or molestation case against their boss who owned a small company with less than 15 employees. Their cases were turned down by EEOC employment lawyers. That is because these employment law attorneys are unable to enforce the sexual harassment laws contained in the 1964 Civil Rights Act against an employer who has less than 15 employees. At my law firm, we pursue claims directly against the perpetrator- so it doesn’t matter how many employees your employer had on the payroll.

In my first victim rights case, 25 years’ ago, a 21 year old woman told me that she was being groped by her employer, who was a 68 year old foot doctor.  I realized I could use the Assault and Battery laws against this perverted doctor who was grabbing my client’s buttocks and making comments about her breasts. In accordance with my Christian values, I offered to settle this claim against the doctor quietly and confidentially, before filing a lawsuit, but the doctor ridiculed us and claimed “it never happened.”  We sued him and took the case to trial with a jury awarding my client $7,500 for the Battery, $7,500 for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress and $30,000 in Punitive Damages against the doctor. He was not so smug after the jury rendered this verdict against him.  What was even more sickening than this man being a physician was the fact that he was also a Deacon at a local church. We exposed him for what he was- a sexual predator- who preyed on vulnerable young women.

In Tennessee, an employer who touches or gropes an employee commits a Battery and the employee can sue him for their mental and/or physical injuries. A battery is defined as “an intentional act that causes an unpermitted, harmful or offensive bodily contact.” Cary v. Arrowsmith, 777 S.W. 2d 8, 21 (Tennessee Court of Appeals, 1989) and Restatement of Torts, 2nd edition, Section 18(1).

Sexual harassment in the workplace can occur in many different types of situations, including:

  • Sexual comments to an employee by employer
  • Unwelcome touching of an employee by employer
  • Sexually lewd or suggestive emails, texts, or telephone calls to an employee by an employer
  • Offers by an employer to pay an employee money in exchange for sex

I only accept cases that involve the actual owner of the business or high-level supervisors of the company.  I do not pursue sexual harassment cases under the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) laws. Instead, I pursue sexual harassment claims using well-established Tennessee laws that allows victims of “assault by contact” (“Battery”) and “intentional infliction of emotional distress” to pursue legal claims against predators.

Tennessee Sexual Harassment lawyer Kevin R. Madison has successfully obtained money settlements for his clients against doctors, lawyers, businessmen, and others who have groped or fondled their employees or who have made repeated unwelcomed lewd and sexually inappropriate comments to their employees.

Tennessee Battery Attorney Kevin R. Madison also represents clients who have been victims of a Battery by their employer.

Tennessee Crime Victim Attorney Kevin R. Madison also handles claims against wealthy homeowners who molest or sexually assault their housekeepers, nannies, or domestic servants.

We pursue sexual harassment and sexual indecency cases against sexual predators including these types of relationships and situations:

  • Employer sexually harassing an employee
  • Employer groping an employee
  • Employer assaulting or committing a battery on an employee
  • Employer sending lewd and sexually inappropriate emails or text messages to an employee
  • Homeowner sexually harassing or groping a Babysitter
  • Homeowner sexually harassing or groping a Nanny
  • Homeowner sexually harassing or groping a Housekeeper or Domestic Servant
  • College Professors who have sexual relations with their students
  • College Professors who sexually harass their students

Victims of sexual harassment may experience depression and guilt over the abuse they suffered. It is important to remember that victims do not ask to be abused.  It takes time, counseling, and healing to transition from being a victim to a survivor. Whether you were sexually harassed by an employer or a trusted professional, you may have the right to pursue a civil action against your abuser. At we are dedicated to helping the survivors of sexual harassment assert their legal right and moral duty to pursue predators and bullies and to seek financial compensation that the law allows from those who sexually harass and abuse others.

For more information about our services, or to speak with an experienced sexual harassment attorney, please contact at (865) 312-5160 or e-mail us at for your FREE CONFIDENTIAL consultation.

Telephone consultations available night or daytime every day of the week.  We have a female Registered Nurse on staff.  Tennessee Crime Victim Attorney Kevin R.  Madison has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Texas at Austin.  He earned his law degree from the University of Houston Law School in 1981. He is a trained Victim Advocate and has training and experience as a Police Officer, Investigator, Chief of Police, and Assistant District Attorney.


Law Offices of Kevin R. Madison, P.C.
Knoxville Executive Suites
9111 Cross Park Drive, Suite 200
Knoxville, TN 37923


(865) 312-5160

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