Employees should feel confident in knowing they are going into a safe working environment where they can accomplish tasks safely and comfortably. Unfortunately, sexual propositions and harassment are all too common in the workplace. Illegal sexual harassment not only causes employees to feel threatened and degraded, but it also has a negative effect on work productivity.
If you have been subjected to an unwanted sexual proposition at work, it is crucial to find out if your employer is liable. At Optimum Employment Lawyers, we work with victims of sexual harassment to ensure their rights are vindicated and their dignity restored. Our attorneys are committed to obtaining redress for the emotional, professional, and psychological harm a victim of sexual harassment suffers.
Sexual harassment in the workplace can come in many forms. A common way sexual harassment can happen is through unwanted sexual propositions. This occurs when an employer, supervisor, or coworker makes an unwelcome suggestion of sex to an employee in a direct and offensive manner. Illegal sexual propositions can also involve the threat of an adverse employment action, such as firing or demotion, if the sexual act or favor isn’t accepted.
California has very strict laws in place that prohibit any form of sexual harassment in the work environment. California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act protects employees from unwanted sexual propositions and allows them to take legal action. At Optimum Employment Lawyers, we provide high-quality legal services to those who have had to face hostile work environments and adverse employment actions due to unwanted sexual propositions.
Employers in California are responsible for making sure that their workplaces are free from sexual harassment of any kind. In addition to being accountable for their own actions, an employer may also be held liable for harassment or propositions made by employees, or even those made by clients and customers, if they knew the harassment was occurring and failed to take corrective measures.
An employer is also liable for sexual harassment committed by its supervisors, even if the employer did not know about it. This is referred to as “strict liability.” Critically, employers have an obligation to provide proper training in sexual harassment to supervisors — and ensure that they do not engage in this type of behavior.
An employer may also be held liable for sexual harassment committed by a co-worker. However, an employer must first have notice of the occurrence or pattern of behavior. Once notified in writing, an employer has an obligation to conduct an investigation into the matter and move forward with any disciplinary action that may be appropriate.
By commencing a lawsuit in connection with propositions for sex at work, you may be entitled to a wide variety of damages. You may be entitled to additional damages if your employer retaliated against you by firing you or demoting you for reporting an unwanted sexual proposition or pattern of sexual harassment. Depending on the specific facts of your case, you may be awarded:
The attorneys at Optimum Employment Lawyers know how intimidating it can feel to stand up to your employer, and we work to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Propositions for sexual acts in the workplace can be degrading, affect your comfort level at work, and impact your safety. If you were subjected to this type of unwanted behavior, contact our office to see if you have a claim. The attorneys at Optimum Employment Lawyers are experienced in handling sexual harassment claims and will work to obtain monetary recovery for your emotional, financial, and professional losses. Contact us at (949) 954-8181 for a free consultation.