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 harassment and compensate victims for their suffering.
In California, there are two types of sexual harassment, hostile work environment and quid pro quo. It can be committed by both male and female co-workers and supervisors.
Sexual harassment that results in a hostile work environment often include acts such as:
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.
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 often suffer from depression, guilt, anxiety, or other medical issues. If you have questions about sexual harassment in your workplace, please call Optimum Employment Lawyers at (949) 954-8181. We can help you understand how you can stop harassment and hold the perpetrator accountable.