Sexual Harasssment Lawyers
Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal. If a superior or co-worker has engaged in unwanted advances
or improper behaviors in the office, and your company does nothing about it, contact Lawyers for Justice, PC.
We will help you pursue legal action and get the settlement you deserve.
Sexual Harassment Attorneys in California
Harassing an employee based on their sex, eliciting unwanted sexual advances, or requesting/demanding sexual favors in exchange for benefits is illegal. If you’ve been the victim of sex discrimination or sexual harassment, Lawyers for Justice, PC can help. Whether a co-worker, manager, or supervisor has engaged in improper behavior, our legal team can help bring your claim to settlement or to trial if necessary.
What Is Sexual Harassment?
When most people think of sexual harassment, they associate it with unwelcome physical advances. While such behaviors do fall under the category, sexual harassment includes a much wider range of activities. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) considers any offensive, intimidating, or hostile conduct, comments, statements, lewd gestures, or requests to be forms of sexual harassment, so the violation can be physical or verbal in nature.
In addition to unwanted touching or sexual assaults, including cornering, hugging, massaging, or groping, violations can include:
- Promising a hiring, promotion, or raise in exchange for sex, or a quid pro quo.
- Verbal abuse that includes sexually offensive or gender-related comments.
- Visual harassment, which may include showing explicit images, objects, or cartoons.
- Improper treatment to anyone who doesn’t conform to gender roles.
- Suggestive looks, gestures, or facial expressions that imply sexual intent.
- Whistling, cat calling, or improper name-calling.
- Asking personal questions about one’s social or sexual life.
To qualify as sexual harassment, the conduct in question must be unwelcome, whether it is from a co-worker, supervisor, or other member of an organization or a third-party individual not employed by the company. The victim and harasser can be of opposite sexes or the same sex. In fact, victims may not be directly targeted; any witness who feels they’ve been affected can be a victim of sexual harassment and take legal action.
Hostile Work Environment and Employer Retaliation
Reporting improper conduct sometimes leads to disciplinary action and other forms of retaliation such as an increased level of harassment, intimidation, demotion, reduction of work hours, relocation to another department, or termination. This is forbidden by law and can become part of an even larger complaint against an employer. You are encouraged by the EEOC to take steps to address unwanted behavior, even if it means bringing it to the attention of the harasser directly. Contacting your company’s human resources department , so an internal investigation can be conducted should also be considered. It is important to document any improper behavior and steps taken. An attorney can use evidence of retaliation to bring a claim against the employer.
How to Handle Sexual Harassment Retaliation
If, after you file an internal complaint, your employer takes adverse actions that have a negative impact on your employment, you have a right to file a lawsuit. One step is to file a complaint with the EEOC or your respective state agency. The agency will issue a right-to-sue letter if attempts to resolve the matter have failed. You can then file a private lawsuit against your company. Under federal law, filing a complaint for workplace sexual harassment is a protected action. While the EEOC claims and appeals process can be challenging, attorneys at Lawyer for Justice, PC can help to build your case and work towards a fair legal solution.
California law defines sexual harassment as not just offensive conduct motivated by sexual desire. It may also be based on an employee’s actual/perceived sex or gender-identity, sexual orientation, or medical condition. Offensive behavior directed at any worker, including one in the LGBT community, and that contributes to a hostile work environment, is forbidden.
California Sexual Harassment Laws
To file a sexual harassment claim with the EEOC, you must do so within the 180-day statute of limitations (For federal employees, the limit is just 45 days). However, California law restricting such behavior may extend this to as much as 300 days. You can file a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which can pursue damages on your behalf, and will also file your complaint with the EEOC.
What Can I Do If I’m Being Sexually Harassed?
Informally discussing the matter with the person harassing you can be the fastest and most effective way to resolve the situation. If they stop, then no further action needs to be taken. But if they continue, then your next step should be to produce a written complaint, describing the behavior you find offensive and the action you plan to take, such as filing a complaint. If this still doesn’t work, then check your employer’s policy on filing a formal complaint with your supervisor or human resources department.
Keep a record of every offensive activity (including the date, time, specifics of the conduct, and actions your company took) and copies of your complaints and responses from recipients in your company. In California, you can file a separate legal claim if you’ve notified your employer of sexual harassment, but they’ve done nothing about it.
Protecting Victims of Sexual Harassment
At Lawyers for Justice, PC, we are committed to protecting victims of sexual harassment and defending your legal rights. Our attorneys focus on employment law. Whether you are being harassed, your company does nothing to stop it, or you have experienced retaliation, we can help file a lawsuit and get you compensation..
No matter what form of sexual harassment you have experienced in the workplace, contact us at (818) JUSTICE or (818) 587-8423 for a free consultation.
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If you haven’t been paid the wages you deserve, have been harassed at work, or have been wrongfully terminated, we provide the legal advice and representation you need. At Lawyers for Justice, PC, our team understands every detail of state and federal labor laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which covers minimum wages, overtime pay, and recordkeeping. We’ve recovered millions of dollars in damages. Our attorneys have taken on the most complex of cases including mass torts and class action lawsuits involving California’s largest employers.
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The law provides employees with rights they can exercise in a wide range of circumstances. Unfortunately, not all companies abide by their legal obligations or treat all employees fairly and equally. All too often, workers are terminated, harassed, discriminated against, or have their wages reduced or career opportunities blocked for the wrong reasons. People who put all their energy into their professions rarely have the legal know-how to fight their unscrupulous employers.
That’s what Lawyers for Justice, PC, is here for. You have the right to sue your employer for any type of discrimination, whether its denial of a job, a change in the terms of your employment, or wrongful termination due to qualities known as “protected classifications” (age, race, gender, etc.) or exercising your legal duties to report illegal activities or unsafe conditions. We represent workers who have been treated unfairly and get them compensated for lost wages and the hardship brought on by their employer’s actions.
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Lawyers for justice attorneys
Founder of Lawyers for Justice, PC, Edwin Aiwazian established the law firm to provide workers with a voice and platform to speak up and assert their own rights. He graduated Pepperdine University
Joanna Ghosh is a Senior Attorney at Lawyers for Justice, PC, and represents workers in class and complex wage-and-hour matters. She is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association.
So What Are You Waiting For?
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