Sexual harassment in the workplace can negatively impact employees and their ability to work. In recent years, the “Me Too” movement has shed light on the number of sexual harassment and assault cases in the workplace.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment is a form of discrimination violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There are numerous examples of sexual harassment, including, but not limited to:
- Inappropriate touching
- Request for sexual favors
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
- Making crude or sexual remarks
- Sending pornography without consent
When this type of behavior affects an individual’s employment, interferes with his or her ability to work or creates a hostile work environment, then it qualifies as sexual harassment.
What Are the Different Types of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?
In general, there are two types of sexual harassment claims: quid pro quo claims and hostile work environment claims.
- Quid pro quo. Quid pro quo claims can be filed when someone in a position of power, such as a boss or manager, uses his or her power to coerce employees into sexual favors. Sexual harassment victims often feel as if they have no choice but to comply, or they will lose their job or promotion.
- Hostile work environment. Hostile work environment claims can be filed when a person’s speech or conduct in the office negatively impacts another person’s performance at work and makes them feel uncomfortable. The perpetrators of a hostile work environment can be anyone in the office, including coworkers, subcontractors, vendors and even customers.
Victims of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
According to the EEOC, victims of sexual harassment can be anyone – male or female. A person does not have to be of the opposite sex as their harasser for it to be considered sexual harassment.
It is also important to know that victims of sexual harassment in the workplace do not have to experience the harassment directly. If you have repeatedly heard or witnessed unwelcome sexual language or conduct at work, then you may have a case.
Proving sexual harassment is not easy without an experienced and skilled sexual harassment attorney on your side. He or she will need to review the details of your situation to determine if you should register a complaint with the EEOC or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). To prove a sexual harassment claim, you must provide supporting evidence, and an attorney can help you gather this evidence and develop a winning legal strategy.
Call Our Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Lawyers for a Free Consultation
Everyone deserves to work in an environment free from sexual harassment. Unfortunately, sexual harassment occurs in workplaces all across Los Angeles, California.
If you are the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, then it is important to know where to turn for help.Contact Yadegar, Minoofar & Soleymani LLP today at (310) 499-0140 or use ouronline contact form to tell us about your case. You can schedule a free consultation with one of our Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers and receive compassionate and aggressive legal representation.