The #metoo movement and high-profile sexual harassment and assault allegations brought against the likes of Harvey Weinstein and others have brought a new spotlight on the widespread sexual harassment that occurs in the workplace, but illegal sexual harassment has of course been with us for years. You have rights to take action against sexual harassment in the workplace, and one of the most powerful ways you can take meaningful action to fight sexual harassment – while winning financial recovery for yourself and other forms of justice and relief – is to work with an experienced employment litigation attorney to bring a sexual harassment claim on your behalf.
The employment discrimination legal team at LawPLA represents women and men who have been unfairly and illegally sexually harassed in the workplace, and will fight for your rights under both California and federal law to win full recovery and restoration of your rights. We are here to listen to your story, help provide you with options for legal recovery, and, should we decide to work together, aggressively pursue the justice you deserve under the law.
Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment in California
There are two general categories of sexual harassment in California, and both can for the basis of a successful sexual harassment lawsuit. The first type of sexual harassment is “quid pro quo” harassment, in which a co-worker or supervisor attempts to obtain sexual favors from a worker in exchange for benefits on the job.
A sexual favor does not necessarily mean sexual intercourse, but can also include unwanted touching, groping, and other requests of a sexual nature. The benefits offered in exchange for these sexual favors could include:
- Time off work
- Desired assignments
- The ability to join a project or team
- Not being subject to termination, demotion, or other penalties
- Threats of other forms of blackmail
Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment in California
The other broad form of sexual harassment in California is “hostile work environment” sexual harassment. While quid pro quo sexual harassment often centers on one person’s unwanted sexual advances towards another employee, a hostile work environment claim does not have to involve sexual advances, and the offender may not even have sexual interest in the victim.
A hostile work environment claim instead looks at the working conditions an employee has to endure, and whether they rise to the level of making that person uncomfortable such that they may desire to quit the job, transfer to a different department, seek counseling, or simply be subject to intolerable conditions.
In building a hostile work environment sexual harassment case, the following acts would constitute potential acts of harassment:
- Jokes and comments based on a person’s gender or gender identity
- Jokes and comments based on a person’s sexual orientation, sexual history, or perceived sexual history
- Other unwanted statements made to a person of a sexual nature
- Lewd and sexual imagery placed on walls, desks, equipment, and other working areas
- Tolerance of other forms of sexual or lewd behavior which makes others uncomfortable
What You Can Expect from a Free Consultation Regarding Your Potential Claim
When you speak with a member of our employment discrimination, we will provide a safe space for you to fully explain your situation so that we can help you determine whether you indeed have a potential sexual harassment claim and what can be done about it. We will allow to tell your story while inquiring about facts relevant to your situation which can affect your ability to recovery, such as who committed the sexual harassment (e.g. a coworker or a supervisor), whether supervisors and administrators knew about the offending behavior, what was done in response to your concerns, and what retaliation you may have faced with relation to the harassment and any efforts you made to address it.
We will also provide you with an initial overview of what your legal options are for resolving the matter, what we can do on your behalf, other steps that will be necessary to gather more information and/or bring a claim on your behalf, and what relief you may be entitled to recover.
Contact a Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Attorney Today
If you suspect that you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, work with the employment law team at LawPLA who can help you assess your situation and understand what legal options are available to you. Contact LawPLA today to schedule a consultation to discuss your potential sexual harassment claim.