Everyone has the right to work in a workplace that is free from sexual harassment. If you have been the victim to workplace sexual harassment, you should contact a sexual harassment lawyer immediately.
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, and any conduct based on a person’s sex that is offensive and unwelcome that results in an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. Sexual harassment can come in many forms, such as sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Does Sexual Harassment have to involve sex?
No, sexual harassment can include targeted unwanted physical contact based on gender, as well as verbal conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual advances and requests for sexual favors in exchange for benefits at your workplace are also illegal sexual harassment. If you are uncertain in your situation, contact sexual harassment lawyer to get their opinion on the matter.
What if I witness Sexual Harassment, but is not directed at Me?
Even if the sexual harassment is not directed at you, it may still be illegal conduct. Since every situation is different, it is important to consult with a sexual harassment lawyer about your particular circumstances.
Can I be a victim of Sexual Harassment if my Supervisor or Co-Worker the same sex as me?
Yes, sexual harassment can come from any gender to any gender. Your supervisor or co-worker does not have to be of a different gender and can be of the same gender as you are as long as the harassment amounted to discrimination because of sex. An example a male employee may have an actionable sexual harassment lawsuit if a male co-worker or supervisor made threats of physical assault or rape.
What kind of injury do I have to sustain before I can file a Sexual Harassment complaint?
Simply enduring severe and pervasive sexual harassment is enough to warrant filing a complaint. In other words, you do not have to sustain any physical injuries or economic harm before having the right to file a sexual harassment complaint.
Is a Single Incident enough to qualify as illegal Sexual Harassment?
It depends. There is no minimum amount of sexual harassment incidents that need to occur before you can qualify for filing an illegal sexual harassment complaint. Depending on the circumstances, a single touch, comment, or gesture may warrant a sexual harassment lawsuit, especially if the employer does nothing to rectify the situation.
What can I do if my employer does nothing to fix a Sexual Harassment issue?
In California, if an employer knows or should know about sexual harassment that is occurring and fails to take immediate action to rectify the issue, it may be breaking the law. If you file a sexual harassment complaint, you can also file an additional complaint for failure to prevent sexual harassment. Contact a sexual harassment lawyer immediately for a free case evaluation about your circumstances.
Can my employer retaliate against me for filing a Sexual Harassment complaint?
No. It is against the law for an employer to retaliate against you for filing a sexual harassment complaint. You should immediately contact your lawyer if you have been retaliated against.
If you have been the victim of or witness to sexual harassment in the workplace, then contact the Akopyan Law Firm today for a complimentary case evaluation with a sexual harassment lawyer to discuss your situation.