Workplace sexual harassment is, unfortunately, still pervasive and affects countless workers daily. If you believe you’re a victim, you need a Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyer in your corner who can fight for the justice you deserve. Read on and reach out to RD Law Group to learn more about what constitutes sexual harassment and how our legal team can assist you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common types of workplace sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment can be defined as any unwelcome sexual conduct that affects your ability to do your job or otherwise creates a hostile work environment. There are two main types of workplace sexual harassment: quid pro quo and hostile work environment.
Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when a supervisor or someone with authority over you makes your employment conditional on your submission to sexual advances or favors. For example, if your boss threatens to fire you unless you go on a date with him or her, or promises to promote you if you have sex with him or her, that is quid pro quo sexual harassment.
Hostile work environment sexual harassment occurs when the sexual conduct of your co-workers, supervisors, clients, customers, or anyone else in the workplace is so severe or pervasive that it interferes with your work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment, such as by a boss or co-worker making sexual jokes, comments, or gestures. Inappropriate touching is also considered sexual harassment.
Importantly, both types of workplace sexual harassment are illegal under federal and state laws, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.
What should I do if I’m subjected to harassment?
If you’re subjected to sexual harassment, the first thing you should do is tell the offending party to stop. Sometimes, a clear, firm “no” is sufficient. However, if the harassment persists, you should report it to the appropriate party, such as your company’s HR department or your supervisor. If you report the incidents of harassment and it still continues, however, you should retain the services of a seasoned California employment lawyer who can effectively gather evidence and file a claim on your behalf.
RD Law Group has fought for victims of sexual harassment in the workplace for years, and we are prepared to fight for you as well. Contact us today so we can get started working on your case and fighting for the justice you deserve.