The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA, Government Code Section 12940 et seq.) permits claims of sexual harassment, sex discrimination, racial discrimination, retaliation, and other related assertions. When…Read More
Offering Help to People Who Have Suffered Workplace Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal in San Francisco and across the U.S. Unfortunately, that does not prevent it from happening. If you are a sexual harassment victim, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do.
Many sexual harassment victims are scared to report what is happening to them because they are afraid that they will lose their jobs. You may be worried that you will be given a bad review while also feeling angry and scared.
Supervisors, company owners, co-workers and customers may all be the perpetrators of sexual harassment in the workplace. If you have been targeted for sexual harassment, it is possible for you to take action that is effective with the help of an experienced sexual harassment lawyer at GJEL Accident Attorneys.
Our experienced team of compassionate legal professionals is dedicated to helping our clients to recover damages for the losses that they have suffered, and we have helped many victims of harassment to recover compensation when they have been the victims of workplace sexual harassment.
Call our office to learn more about your potential claim and the rights that you might have.
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is a type of prohibited sex discrimination that may include unwanted touching, lewd comments, pornographic displays, unwelcome sexual advances and other unwelcome behavior. There are two types of sexual harassment that are recognized under the law.
Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when a person’s job offer, continued employment or promotion is contingent on his or her performing sexual favors. The perpetrators in these types of cases may be managers, supervisors or others in positions of power.
Quid pro quo sexual harassment may include unwanted touching, sexual battery, sexual assaults, improper touching or asking for dates or sexual favors in exchange for getting promotions. Even if you acquiesced to the demands, you may still be able to recover damages from your employer if you were the victim of quid pro quo harassment at your job.
Hostile work environment sexual harassment happens when the workplace is made to be hostile to the point that you are unable to complete the tasks required for your job. This type of behavior may include such things as repeated offensive jokes, displays of pornography, lewd jokes, improper touching and sexual assaults or battery.
Single incidents may not be enough to constitute hostile work environment sexual harassment, however. For example, if a co-worker told you a dirty joke or made an inappropriate comment one time, it is unlikely to rise to the level of this type of sexual harassment.
It normally involves a combination of comments and actions that work together to create a workplace environment that is unbearable. If you have been the victim of hostile workplace sexual harassment, the experienced team at GJEL Accident Attorneys may help you to end it.
What if your employer retaliates?
Many sexual harassment victims are scared to complain about what has happened because they are afraid that their employers will retaliate against them for complaining.
It is unlawful for your employer to take any adverse job action against you for complaining about sexual harassment.
If your employer does engage in a retaliatory behavior because you filed an internal complaint or a discrimination charge, you may have the grounds to file a separate complaint for wrongful termination or retaliation.
Contact GJEL Accident Attorneys for help
At GJEL Accident Attorneys, we understand how devastating that it can be to be the victim of workplace sexual harassment or retaliation.
If you have been a victim, contact our San Francisco office today to learn more about your rights.