Workplace sexual harassment seems to be prevalent in our society and can negatively affect the victims involved. When someone at work makes unwelcome advances, sexual comments or jokes, or shares any unwanted sexual imagery, that is inappropriate behavior and qualifies as sexual harassment. Having an experienced Sacramento sexual harassment lawyer can greatly benefit you with the support you need to stand up to this behavior.
Companies are supposed to create a workplace environment where their employees feel safe and receive fair treatment, but that isn’t always the case for some employers. Employees who have experienced any kind of unwanted sexual behavior should contact Clark Employment Law, APC, for a consultation. They can be not only your personal advocate but also your source of strength throughout the entire process.
Being sexually harassed can leave you with emotional and psychological burdens. When harassment happens in your place of work, it can create an environment that feels hostile and unsafe. This can affect your mental state and your ability to do your job confidently. If you begin the process of reporting the misconduct and filing a charge, you will want a lawyer who is experienced in employment law to assist you.
An employment lawyer can give you helpful legal advice and guidance through the unfamiliar network of the legal process. They can make sure you fully understand your rights in the matter and that you are kept informed of everything going on with your case.
You may be unsure of your options for pursuing a sexual harassment case, which could create some hesitancy. The right attorney will guide you through every course of action and explain which is right for your specific circumstances.
Oftentimes, sexual harassment cases end with a settlement. This may not sound like the ideal option to win a case, but sometimes it can be. Having a lawyer on your side who has excellent negotiation skills can ensure that any such discussions will end in the greatest outcome for you, whether that be compensation or some other kind of resolution for your benefit.
There are many forms sexual harassment can take, but the most common in the workplace are quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment harassment.
Quid pro quo translates to “this for that.” This form of sexual harassment involves being asked for a sexual favor in exchange for something that may be beneficial to you at work. This could be a promotion, raise, or some other kind of favor.
It could also be a threat to deny you a promotion or raise if you don’t agree to the request. Usually, only managers or supervisors participate in this kind of harassment because they have the power to actually make sure the favor they offer is granted.
A hostile work environment happens when harassment surrounding sexual matters or gender at work creates intimidating and hostile conditions. Inappropriate physical contact, comments, and images can all add to a hostile workplace that is unbearable for the person or people being harassed. There can often be a decline in work performance as a result of the harassment.
These two kinds of sexual harassment are not mutually exclusive, and they can happen at the same time and should be reported as soon as possible.
When you are ready to report harassment in your workplace, here are important steps to take:
These guidelines are all general, and the way you go about handling a sexual harassment case is dependent on your circumstances. Your lawyer will help you during the process and let you know your smartest option, whether that be moving forward with a court case or negotiating a settlement.
Sometimes, when you’re a victim of harassment, it can be a while before you realize the harassment happened and even longer before you come to terms with it and decide to do something about it. This is especially true in the workplace when the person who harassed you was your superior. A fear of retaliation can keep you from reporting the incident for a long time.
In the past, California allowed people one year to file a sexual assault claim, but with the passing of a new bill in 2019, all victims of sexual assault now have three years to file a claim. If you make the decision to file a harassment complaint with the CRD, you have three years from the date that the harassment happened to do so.
You don’t have to worry deeply about reporting harassment too late. It is an emotional process, and you should be confident in your case when you do it.
A: Sexual harassment in California is considered to be any sexual conduct or behavior that makes a workplace environment offensive, hostile, or intimidating because of a worker’s sex or gender. This could be any unwelcome sexual advances that are physical or verbal or comments about a person’s physical appearance that make them feel uncomfortable.
A: Suing for sexual harassment is entirely possible in Sacramento, California, and it is your decision if you want to go in that direction. It may be an intimidating option for fear of retaliation from the employer, but suing does not equate to losing employment. In fact, many employers do what they can to ensure there is no retaliation at all. The state of California takes these matters seriously, and you have the right to be protected.
A: Harassment can be verbal, visual, and physical in the workplace. Someone does not have to touch you in a sexual way, speak to you about something that is sexual in nature, or speak about you in a sexual way for it to be harassment. If someone shows you unsolicited sexual images or videos, such as porn, that can also be considered sexual harassment.
A: Yes, workplace harassment can happen outside of the office or company building. It can happen at a company event like a conference, via text message or email, and even during a commute to or from work. If the employment relationship is connected to the conduct in any way, it can be considered workplace sexual harassment. If you experience harassment outside of the usual workspace, you should still document the event.
Sexual harassment is a completely inexcusable offense that all employees should be protected from. With an attorney who has extensive knowledge of the harassment laws in California and the rights you have as a victim of harassment, you can go forward with your case confidently. Contact the office of Clark Employment Law, APC, for a consultation.