Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Attorney
Sexual harassment laws protect employees from unlawful harassment on the basis of their gender or gender identity by employers, co-workers, customers or vendors of the employer.
The sexual harassment attorneys at Broslavsky & Weinman, LLP are dedicated to ensuring that every worker has the right to a safe, harassment-free work environment. When this right is violated and people become the target of sexual harassment, the impact can be profound, often creating an abusive and intolerable work environment for victims. Pursuing a case against the perpetrator/employer can be the best way for victims to obtain justice, reclaim their lives, and ensure the perpetrator/employer does not subject others to similar harassment in the future.
Our Los Angeles employment attorneys understand how devastating the impacts of sexual harassment can be and are committed to helping the victims:
- Hold the perpetrators accountable
- Craft the strongest possible cases
- Obtain the justice victims deserve
- Prevent employers and perpetrators from victimizing others in the future
What Constitutes Sexual Harassment?
Some of the more common types of sexual harassment fall into one of the following categories:
- Unwanted sexual advances or invitations
- Visual conduct such as making sexual gestures, displaying sexually provocative pictures or objects, or inappropriate staring
- Verbal conduct such as making degrading comments, lewd remarks, sexually explicit jokes, or comments concerning a person’s body, clothing, appearance, sexual activity, etc.
- Physical conduct such as unwanted touching or impeding an employee’s ability to move
- Offering employment benefits in exchange for sexual favors, or demanding submission to sexual requests as a condition of continued employment
- Making or threatening reprisals after a negative response to sexual advances
California law protects individuals who are the target of sexual harassment, who witness (for example a woman who witnesses her co-workers being groped and propositioned), or who help support others who are victims.
Sexual harassment does not always require sexual desire or motivation, and can instead be motivated by things such as subjugation, control, and abuse of power. Sexual harassment laws are also gender neutral – the harasser can be a man or a woman, and the victim does not have to be of the opposite sex.
Laws Against Sexual Harassment
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the federal law governing sexual harassment and applies to employers with fifteen or more employees. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) does not require a minimum number of employees in order for an individual to be able to pursue an employer for sexual harassment, and provides broader protections than Title VII.
Courts generally require that sexual harassment be more than isolated or sporadic in nature, unless the type of harassment is severe or physical. A single severe or physical act may amount to sexual harassment. Conversely, a combination of various separate incidents can add up to unlawful hostile work environment even though each individual act in isolation is not so severe as to be unlawful.
Have You Been the Target of Sexual Harassment at Work in Los Angeles?
Sexual harassment can come in many forms, some of which are far more subtle than others. In general, however, you may have been subjected to workplace sexual harassment if or when:
- You were asked (or coerced) to perform sexual favors in exchange for getting or keeping your job (or job-related benefits)
- You were subjected to unwanted sexual jokes, comments, harassing statements or other similarly offensive remarks
- You were subjected to any unwanted physical contact, leering glares, and/or gestures
- You were subjected to unwanted sexual images/pictures or any sexual situation
- You were harassed based on your gender, which can include pregnancy or childbirth
While statistics vary, roughly 20% to 40% of employees claim to have been the victim of sexual harassment, unwanted sexual advances or inappropriate sexual comments by co-workers, clients and customers at their place of employment.
If you have been sexually harassed at work, our Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers can assist you. To find out more about your rights and potential claims, contact us to set up a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys by calling (310) 575-2550 or emailing us using the contact form on this page.
With office locations in Los Angeles and San Bernardino, our attorneys provide legal service and representation to clients throughout California.