Sexual Harassment Lawyers in Burbank
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What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is any conduct based on a person’s sex that is offensive and which members of the opposite sex are not exposed to. It can include sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. In California, the Fair Employment and Housing Act forbids employers, supervisors, and co-workers from sexually harassing you in the workplace. In some situations, your employer may even be liable under Title VII for the harassment of their customers or clients, where your employer is aware of the problem and fails to immediately fix the problem. There are various factors that go into this consideration.
What if my supervisor does not make comments to me directly but makes them to other female co-workers in my presence?
Depending on the circumstances, you may have a claim for sexual harassment even if the comments are not made directly to you. This can be particularly true depending on the severity of the harassment in question. Every situation varies, so contact a Burbank sexual harassment attorney at the Akopyan Law Firm to discuss your specific case.
Can I be a victim of Sexual Harassment if my supervisor or co-worker is of the same sex as me?
Yes, under both Title VII and the Fair Employment and Housing Act, sexual harassment can occur between members of the same gender as long as the harassment amounted to discrimination because of sex and not some other characteristic. For example, male supervisors and coworkers who subject a male employee to humiliating sexual actions, including threats of physical assault and threats of rape, may be sued for sexual harassment even if they are of the same sex.
My supervisor is showing favoritism to someone he is dating even though I am more qualified. Do I have any rights?
Depending on the circumstances, your supervisor may be violating the law. You may have an actionable claim of sexual harassment under the Fair Employment and Housing Act by demonstrating that widespread sexual favoritism was “severe or pervasive” enough to alter your working conditions and create a “hostile work environment.”
Can a single incident be enough to qualify as illegal sexual harassment?
Yes, depending on the circumstances, a single comment, physical touch, or gesture may qualify as illegal sexual harassment, especially if your employer does not take immediate steps to correct the problem.
If I complained to my employer and they did not do anything to fix the problem, do I have any rights?
In California, it is illegal for an employer who “knows or should know” of the sexual harassment to fail to take immediate steps to prevent or remedy the problem. In addition to claims for sexual discrimination and sexual harassment, you may also have a claim for failure to prevent sexual harassment. Schedule a complimentary case evaluation with our Burbank sexual harassment attorneys to discuss your situation.
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