LOS ANGELES SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWYER
What To Do When You Are Sexually Harassed at Work
Sexual harassment is a serious workplace issue. It affects both men and women, young and old, gay and straight. At work, every employee has a right to feel safe, comfortable, and respected. These are fundamental principles that are in place to make the workplace an environment where everyone can be free from the humiliation and degradation of sexual harassment.
What is Sexual Harassment?
Unfortunately, sexual harassment happens. Every day in Los Angeles and throughout the United States, there are employees who are tormented by coworkers or supervisors with inappropriate comments, unwanted sexual advances, and, in some cases, sexual assault. If you were the victim of sexual harassment at work, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. You have a right to work in an environment that is not hostile. You also have protection against retaliation for reporting sexual harassment claims to your employer or your supervisor. But without a Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyer, you might not know where to begin. And that’s where we come in. At our firm, we make sure your company hears your story loud and clear, and we make sure that the people responsible for your harassment pay the price. We understand that being a victim of sexual harassment can be a traumatic experience. Our attorneys will work with you to help you make important decisions about your legal rights.
What Are Types of Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment comes in many different shapes and forms. It can be between a supervisor and a subordinate employee, it can be between coworkers, both male and female, or it can be a hostile, sexually-charged work environment that makes someone feel uncomfortable. It is important to remember that no matter what your gender, age, or marital status, or sexual orientation, you have a right to a workplace free from harassment. Some types of sexual harassment include:
- Quid pro quo: Quid pro quo is a Latin term meaning “something for something.” This term is used to describe a type of sexual harassment where an employee is pressured to engage in sexual activity in exchange for promotion, retention of job, or some other type of employment benefit. An example of quid pro quo involves The Bachelorette contestant Chad Johnson who was offered two movie roles in exchange for having sex with a female producer. After the harassment continued for several months, Johnson decided to file a sexual harassment suit against the producer.
- Unwanted Sexual Advances: When an employee is the subject of unwanted sexual advances, this qualifies as sexual harassment. Many employees think that because the other person is not saying anything demeaning or hurtful, they are not harassing them. But this is not true. Even if things are said in ways that are meant to be complimentary, it is still harassment when the sexual advances are unwanted.
- Harassment based on Sexual Orientation: When a person is taunted, mocked, or penalized because of their sexual orientation, this qualifies as sexual harassment and should not be tolerated in the workplace.
- Same-sex harassment: Sexual harassment is not relegated to only men who are making unwanted sexual advances toward women. Sexual harassment can be between two men or also two women. The genders involved do not make it any less traumatic for the victim or any less inappropriate for a workplace.
- Email harassment: Victims of sexual harassment often find that the perpetrator can use digital media, such as email, social media, or other forms of communication to harass them.
Can Sexual Harassment Be Criminal?
Sexual harassment is not only wrong, it is against the law. We believe that no one deserves to be the victim of sexual harassment in Los Angeles. If you were the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, contact us today to learn about how we can help you stand up for your rights.