Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Lawyer
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Sexual harassment laws protect employees from unlawful sexual harassment based on their gender or gender identity by employers, co-workers, customers or vendors of the employer.
The Los Angeles 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.
Pursuing Claims of Sexual Harassment
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 sexual harassment (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.
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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 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 an unlawful hostile work environment even though each 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.
Contact Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Lawyers for Free Case Consultation
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 Los Angeles sexual harassment 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 sexual harassment attorneys provide legal service and representation to clients throughout California.
Frequently Asked Questions for our Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Lawyer
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is a form of workplace discrimination that involves unwanted sexual advances, comments, or other conduct that creates a hostile or offensive work environment.
What are the laws that protect employees from sexual harassment?
In the United States, the primary law that protects employees from sexual harassment is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. This law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, and applies to employers with 15 or more employees. Additionally, California has its own laws that provide additional protections for employees who have experienced sexual harassment.
What are some examples of sexual harassment in the workplace?
Sexual harassment can take many forms, including unwanted touching, lewd comments or jokes, inappropriate gestures, and requests for sexual favors. It can also involve creating a hostile or offensive work environment, such as displaying sexually suggestive images or making sexually explicit remarks.
What should I do if I have been sexually harassed at work?
If you have been sexually harassed at work, the first step is to report the harassment to your employer. Your employer is legally required to investigate your complaint and take action to address the harassment. If your employer fails to take appropriate action, you may have legal recourse. An experienced sexual harassment attorney can help you understand your rights and options.
Can I sue my employer for sexual harassment?
Yes, you can sue your employer for sexual harassment if you have been the victim of such conduct. An attorney can help you understand the legal process and assist you in filing a lawsuit against your employer.
What is the process for filing a sexual harassment claim?
The process for filing a sexual harassment claim involves notifying your employer of the harassment, either in writing or verbally. Your employer is required to investigate your complaint and take appropriate action. If your employer fails to take action or if you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation, you may be able to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).
Can I recover damages if I win my sexual harassment case?
If you win your sexual harassment case, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, emotional distress, and other damages. An attorney can help you understand what compensation you may be entitled to and assist you in seeking the maximum possible recovery.
Can I be fired for reporting sexual harassment?
No, it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for reporting sexual harassment. If you have been fired or otherwise retaliated against for reporting such mistreatment, you may have legal recourse. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options.
What should I do if I witness sexual harassment in the workplace?
If you witness sexual harassment in the workplace, you should report it to your employer. You may also be a witness in a sexual harassment case, and an attorney can help you understand your rights and obligations as a witness.
How can a sexual harassment attorney help me with my case?
An experienced sexual harassment attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options and assist you in pursuing legal action if necessary. They can represent you in negotiations with your employer, or in litigation if a settlement cannot be reached. An attorney can also provide advice on how to prevent future instances of sexual harassment in the workplace.