Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Attorney
Victim of Sexual Harassment at Work? Call a Lawyer.
All forms of sexual harassment in the workplace are unacceptable. If you are the victim of constant harassment at the workplace, you may wonder about your legal options. You have the right to stop the harassment, and by speaking up, you could protect others who are experiencing the same unlawful and reprehensible treatment.
If you are the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, please do not feel guilty or ashamed. Do not blame yourself or ignore the behavior. It would also be in your best interest to not handle the situation yourself. Contact Strong Advocates to discuss the facts of your case and take a strong step toward the pursuit of justice.
What Amounts to Sexual Harassment?
While unfortunate and upsetting, not all teasing and off-color comments are illegal. In general, isolated incidents do not qualify as unlawful harassment. Sexual harassment cases that end up in court typically involve serious and frequent harassment that constitute a hostile work environment. In extreme cases, victims are demoted, kept from a promotion or terminated in relation to the harassment they are forced to endure.
Sexual harassment can come from anyone in the workplace. Some employees are sexually harassed by their supervisors while others are mistreated by fellow employees. Some victims are even harassed by their clients or customers. When there is an environment that allows harassment to take place, it can spread and become a part of the workplace.
Examples of unlawful sexual harassment
- Sexual innuendos
- Direct or even indirect requests for unwanted sexual activity
- Repeatedly asking a person out on dates
- Intrusive sexually explicit questions
- Unwanted or inappropriate touching
- Spreading rumors about someone’s sexuality
- Sexual ridicule
- Making sexually suggestive sounds or gestures
- Frequent jokes that are sexual in nature
- Passing notes or sending emails that are sexual in nature
- Attempted or actual sexual assault
Fighting Sexual Harassment
It is important to remember that unlawful sexual harassment can occur between any two people at a workplace. Most people think of a male boss harassing a female employee when asked about sexual harassment, but it can go the other way as well. Gender really does not matter. Harassment can also come from colleagues who share your gender. These issues can become complicated and stressful. Knowing what to do if you are the victim is key to protecting your best interests.
If you have already addressed your concerns with your employer and no actions have been taken to rectify the problem, you may need to take other drastic steps and talk to an attorney. Your company may have a detailed procedure for handling these types of situations. You should try to follow that procedure by the letter. You may need records of the incidents so keep detailed notes. If you still cannot resolve the issue, it may be time to file a claim.
Through litigation, it may be possible to be reinstated if you lost your job. You may also pursue back pay, lost fringe benefits, damages for emotional distress, and payment for your attorney fees and court costs. You may even be able to force the company to change their policies to stop harassment in the future. Call a lawyer today to learn more.