Sexual harassment can occur when a supervisor demands sexual favors from a subordinate in return for positive job treatment (or threats of negative consequences if the employee refuses to comply). Sexual harassment need not only be based on this type of quid pro quo activity:
Any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which is so severe and pervasive that it creates a hostile work environment is also considered illegal harassment. In addition, it is not just a supervisor who can create a hostile environment – co-workers and even customers can create this atmosphere through inappropriate touching, obscene talk or gestures, graffiti, etc. This type of harassment can be perpetrated by females upon males as well as vice versa, and even among members of the same sex.
It is important for you to know that you must make it clear that the behavior is unwelcome. In other words, tell the offender to stop. If it continues, you should tell your supervisor or human resources department. It is helpful to do so in writing. You may be tempted to ignore the harassment, hoping it will not continue, but this frequently only makes the situation worse. And, staying quiet about it can potentially impact your legal rights here in California as well as in other states.
Fortunately, many California companies have put in place policies and procedures to protect and educate their employees. Ideally, once you have told the offender to stop and let your supervisor or human resources department know about the unwanted behavior, your company will take the appropriate steps to stop the behavior. But what if this does not happen? You may feel a range of emotions, and not know what to do next. The good news is that you do not have to know. We do. And, we will help.
The labor and employment law attorneys at Kingsley & Kingsley are well-versed in representing employees throughout California who have been the victim of sexual harassment. Our lawyers represent employees in civil litigation in state and federal courts, and in mediations and administrative hearings before boards and commissions such as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
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Proving sexual harassment can be challenging, but with the right legal team, it can be done. There are a variety of ways that the qualified lawyers at Kingsley & Kingsley can assist you. Take the first step to protecting yourself and stopping this hurtful and illegal behavior. Take advantage of a free initial consultation to discuss your specific case by calling the toll free number (888) 500-8469 or by clicking here to contact us regarding your case.