You are entitled to work in a comfortable, non-threatening environment, free of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual advances, or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that happens to you because of your sex. The harassing conduct does not have to be motivated by sexual desire, and it could happen to women or men. Sexual harassment may be obvious or subtle and it can take many different forms. For example:
- Unwanted sexual advances;
- Offering a job or promotion in exchange for sexual favor;
- Verbal abuse of a sexual nature;
- Sexually suggestive contact;
- Displaying sexual pictures or objects; or
- Making unwanted or inappropriate sexual jokes or inferences.
Sexual harassment in a workplace is against the law if:
- Your employer makes employment decisions (hiring, firing, promoting, training, etc.) based on your submission to or rejection of the sexually harassing conduct; or
- The sexually harassing conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. Third party witnesses to the sexual harassment may also have a claim if they can prove that the harassment is so severe that it prevents them from effectively doing their job.
It is also against the law for your employer to retaliate against you because you complain about sexual harassment or sexual violence. If your employer retaliates against you for complaining about sexual harassment or for participating as a witness in an investigation of sexual harassment, you should take action.
Harassment claims are largely dependent on the specific facts and circumstances surrounding each individual’s case. Please contact our firm if you feel that you have been harassed or mistreated at work so that we can discuss the legal remedies that may be available to you. A team of Los Angeles based attorneys with expertise in employment law is here to assist you with your harassment case.Racial Harassment Discrimination in the Workplace
Racial harassment is unwelcome behavior that happens to you because of your race. Racial harassment in the workplace is against the law if the harassment is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment or unreasonably interferes with your work performance. Harassing conduct due to your color or national origin is similarly against the law.
As in sexual harassment cases, whether racial or national origin harassment exists is a factually dependent inquiry and focuses on the workplace environment as a whole. Please contact our firm if you feel that you have been harassed at work because of your race or national origin. Our team of Los Angeles based attorneys with expertise in employment law will discuss the legal remedies that are available to you.