Sexual harassment is still all too common in today’s workplace. Most of us probably know someone who has been sexually harassed. Yet it’s still shocking when it happens to us or a loved one. Fortunately, California and federal law provide strong remedies to stop sexual harassment and compensate victims for their suffering.
What is sexual harassment?
In California, there are two types of sexual harassment, hostile work environment harassment and quid pro quo sexual harassment. It can be committed by both male and female co-workers and supervisors.
Hostile Work Environment.
Sexual harassment that results in a hostile work environment often include acts such as:
Quid Pro Quo.
In quid pro quo sexual harassment, a boss or supervisor demands or attempts to extort sexual acts for employment benefits. Commonly, employers will seek sexual favors for continued employment, a salary raise, or a job promotion. A single incident is enough to support a legal claim of sexual harassment.
If you are a victim of sexual harassment, consider taking the following actions:
Every employee, whether male or female, has the right to work in an environment that is free of offensive sexual harassment. Victims of sexual harassment often suffer from depression, guilt, anxiety, or other medical issues. If you have questions about sexual harassment in your workplace, please call Attorneys for Employee Rights at (888) 898-8488. We can help you understand how you can stop sexual harassment and hold the perpetrator accountable.