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Protecting Your Rights Against Sexual Harassment in California

Under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, you are protected as an employee from workplace sexual harassment. You are also protected under federal employment law. Victims and harassers can be both women and men, and the laws cover instances of being harassed by someone of your own sex. Although it may be more difficult to pursue legal action for a stray comment or offhand incident that is not serious and occurs only once, you are protected from frequent and severe harassment (including general harassment), especially when it turns into a hostile or offensive work environment.

At K2 Employment Law, we represent employees in both administrative and judicial proceedings involving sexual harassment claims. The state of California takes sexual harassment very seriously. If you believe you have been victimized in this way, you should seek our legal assistance. Our firm is dedicated to ensuring that employers uphold all state and federal employment law, and we will fight on your behalf when those laws have been violated.

Reach out to us at (800) 590-7674 or through our online request form today. Our Northridge sexual harassment attorneys represent clients throughout the San Fernando Valley and beyond. 

Defining Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Harassment can be committed against you by your supervisor, a supervisor or manager in some other area of the workplace, a co-worker, or even a client or customer. It can be of a sexual nature or a more general nature, such as offensive comments about women.

California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing lists various types of sexual harassment, such as:

  • Visual conduct, such as sexual gestures, sexual leering, posting sexually offensive photos, graphics, posters, cartoons, and the like
  • Verbal behavior, such as slurs, jokes, offensive comments about your body, or other degrading comments that are sexual in nature
  • Physical behavior, such as unwanted touching, blocking or confining your movements, and assault
  • Offering job benefits in exchange for sexual favors
  • Propositioning you for sexual activity
  • Seeking retaliation against you for sexual rebuffs or for making complaints concerning the harassment

Strict liability is applied to employers concerning sexual harassment in the workplace. Employers are also required to provide reasonable measures to prevent this type of behavior, such as by providing sexual harassment programs or training. 

What to Do After Being Sexually Harassed in the Workplace?

  • Document the Incident: After experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, it's crucial to document the incident(s) as thoroughly as possible. This includes noting dates, times, locations, and any witnesses present. Keep records of any written communication, such as emails or messages, related to the harassment.
  • Report the Harassment: Report the harassment to your employer or HR department according to your company's policies and procedures. Be sure to follow any clear reporting guidelines outlined in your employee handbook. If your employer fails to address the situation appropriately, seeking legal advice is the next step.
  • Preserve Evidence: Keep any evidence that supports your claim of sexual harassment, such as emails, text messages, voicemails, or other forms of communication. Additionally, keep a record of any changes in your work performance or mental health resulting from the harassment.
  • Seek Legal Guidance: Navigating the legal intricacies of sexual harassment claims can be overwhelming. We will assess your situation, explain your rights, and help you determine the best course of action to protect your interests.
  • Understand Your Rights: It's essential to understand your rights as a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace. Federal and state laws forbid sexual harassment and provide protection for victims. We will help you understand your rights under the law and work tirelessly to uphold those rights.
  • Take Action: Taking action against sexual harassment is about seeking justice for yourself and, preventing future incidents and protecting others in the workplace. We will advocate for your rights and work towards achieving a resolution that holds the responsible parties accountable for their actions.

Northridge Advocates for Sexual Harassment Victims

At K2 Employment Law, our team of experienced Northridge sexual harassment lawyers is dedicated to fighting for justice on behalf of victims of workplace sexual harassment in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. We understand the emotional and professional toll that sexual harassment can have on individuals, and we are committed to providing compassionate and effective legal representation.

What sets us apart:

  • Extensive knowledge of employment law: Our attorneys specialize in sexual harassment cases and have a deep understanding of the laws and regulations that protect employees.
  • Proven track record: We have successfully represented numerous clients in sexual harassment cases, securing significant settlements and verdicts.
  • Personalized approach: We take the time to listen to your story, understand your unique circumstances, and tailor our legal strategy to your specific needs and goals.
  • Strong advocacy: Our team is fearless in the pursuit of justice and will fight tirelessly to hold employers accountable for their actions.

If you have been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, it is important to take action. Contact K2 Employment Law today to schedule a consultation. We are ready to stand by your side and help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve.

Commonly Asked Questions

Who can be a victim of sexual harassment?

Anyone can be a victim of sexual harassment, regardless of their gender. The laws protect both men and women from workplace sexual harassment.

What are some examples of sexual harassment?

Examples of sexual harassment include unwanted sexual advances, offensive comments about someone's body, sexual jokes or slurs, inappropriate touching, and retaliation for rejecting sexual advances or making complaints about harassment.

What Does Quid Pro Quo Mean?

The term “Quid pro quo” is defined as “something for something”. It is considered to be sexual harassment. It includes when sexual favors or contact turn into:

  • A requirement to keep your job,
  • receive a raise or promotion,
  • or as any other term of an employee’s job

Quid pro quo harassment started with supervisors, employers, or managers and is considered an inequality of power and forms a hostile work environment.

If you believe you have been coerced into providing sexual favors to keep your job, contact our experienced Granada Hills sexual harassment lawyer at K2 Employment Law today. Call us today for a consultation!

Understanding the Impact of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment in the workplace can have serious consequences for both the victim and the overall work environment. It is important to understand the impact of sexual harassment and why taking action is crucial.

Here are some key points to consider:

  • Mental and Emotional Health: Sexual harassment can cause significant psychological distress, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can also lead to a hostile work environment, affecting the victim's overall well-being.
  • Career and Professional Growth: Victims of sexual harassment may experience negative effects on their career, such as missed opportunities for promotions or advancements, as well as damage to their professional reputation. It can hinder their ability to reach their full potential in the workplace.
  • Workplace Morale and Productivity: Sexual harassment creates a toxic work environment, leading to decreased employee morale and productivity. It can disrupt teamwork, collaboration, and overall job satisfaction.
  • Legal Rights and Protections: Employees have legal rights and protections against sexual harassment in the workplace. Understanding these rights is essential for seeking justice and holding the responsible parties accountable.

At K2 Employment Law, our experienced Northridge sexual harassment lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of workplace sexual harassment. We provide compassionate support, expert legal guidance, and fierce advocacy to ensure your rights are protected. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards justice.

Contact Our Northridge Sexual Harassment Attorneys Today

Bringing a sexual harassment claim against your harasser at work can be an intimidating and embarrassing matter. It can also put additional stress on your work and the work environment. Having a strong advocate in your corner who understands the difficulty of the matter and who provides the guidance and support you need can make all the difference. Our Northridge sexual harassment lawyers are here to help you calmly and effectively navigate sexual harassment claims.

Contact our Northridge sexual harassment attorneys at (800) 590-7674 today. Your initial consultation is completely free and entirely confidential. 

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