Northridge Sexual Harassment Lawyers
Have You Suffered Workplace Sexual Harassment in the San Fernando Valley?
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 all state and federal employment law is upheld by employers, and we will fight on your behalf when those laws have been violated.
What Is Considered 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 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!
Why You Need an Attorney at K2 Employment Law
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.
Speak to an attorney about your case at (800) 590-7674 today. Your initial consultation is completely free and entirely confidential.