Have you been subjected to unwanted advances, sexual propositions, innuendoes, comments about your body, sexual gestures, sexual pictures, or references to your sexual habits or preferences at work?
The law requires that every employer provide a safe workplace free from sexual harassment. Whether the harassment is physical, verbal, visual, or written, you may have a case for sexual harassment.
We are employment attorneys with a focus on litigating cases and resolving sexual harassment claims. The reality is that sexual harassment issues are very complex and rarely reported due to the emotional toll on the victims. Many victims are also afraid of the consequences of reporting since such conduct may harm their careers. Your information remains confidential as long as the cases settle and remain out of court. This is the most common outcome in sexual harassment cases since such publicity is negative for the employer. In addition, our society more and more views those who bring forth sexual harassment claims as heros.
Many California workers who report sexual harassment report that such misconduct not only originates from their supervisors but increasingly caused by co-workers or clients/customers combined with the company not doing anything to prevent such occurrences. Note, that it does not matter what the defendant’s intentions were if it made you feel uncomfortable. The laws, both federal’s Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (“Title VII”) and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) are on the worker’s side.
Our employment lawyers are located in most of the major cities in California. This means that we know the local industry, courts, and political climate. This means that we have the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to understand the recent trends and what and how cases settle. In recent years, the most common scenario we hear from our clients is sexual advances or requests for sexual favors when its rejection has a negative effect on the victim’s employment status, interferes with his/her work and/or creates a hostile work environment.
If you are concerned that your rejection of unwanted advances may result in negative treatment, or that you would be terminated due to your opposition to such behavior, the attorneys at the California Employment Law Group can help. We provide a complimentary initial consultation and a confidential meeting time to share your concerns. For years, our attorneys have provided legal guidance to hundreds of California workers. Results matter. Therefore, we use our ability, resources, knowledge, and experience to provide you with the legal options to maximize the success of your case. Do not be concerned about reporting these sexual harassment violations. Not only are there federal and state laws protecting you from sexual harassment, there are also laws that protect you from retaliation that may result from your reporting.
The most common cases that our attorneys handle include:
(1) Hostile work environment through repeated and intolerable harassment,
(2) Quid pro quo harassment where worker is asked to provide sexual favors for positive treatment or to avoid negative treatment,
(3) Constructive discharge where the worker quits because she had no other choice, and
(4) Retaliation where worker is treated negatively or terminated due to her report of the treatment.
Employers may permit an unsecure work environment. Each employee must have the opportunity to perform his or her work without unjust demands for romantic relationships or communications that impede his or her ability to work. Both Title VII and FEHA strictly prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace.
Obtaining positive outcomes in California’s court system is dependent on attorney representation, documentation, and the appropriate implementation of legal strategy. Proper representation achieves maximum results. Our attorneys are often able to obtain damages such as reinstatement to the employee’s position, attorney’s fees and court costs, as well as lost wages, back pay, and front pay equal to an amount sufficient to reward the employee for future earnings lost due to the sexual harassment. In addition, your settlement or case award may include double wage compensation and benefits reparations if it is shown that the sexual harassment by the employer was intentional.
We have successfully settled or litigated hundreds of cases of sexual harassment. Each individual who contacts us for a complimentary consultation, will be given sufficient time to discuss the case as well as fully understand the legal process. We respect our client’s time and develop a strategy toward optimal outcomes. With the right resources, decades of experience, and the know-how, our attorneys are prepared to take your sexual harassment case to court if needed.
Success is contingent on the right attorney representation. Proper representation achieves maximum results based on the remedies obtained under the Title VII and FEHA. To be considered sexual harassment, the individual’s behavior must be unwelcome as well as severe and pervasive. In recent years, courts have established common types of sexual harassment. They include verbal or written conduct such as disparaging comments about clothing, sexual jokes, asking out on dates, or sexual innuendos. Sexual harassment may also take the form of physical conduct such as assault or rape, inappropriate touching, kissing, hugging, stroking or massaging. There are also sexual harassment instances borne out of non-verbal conduct such as derogatory gestures or facial expressions, stalking, or checking out by looking up and down. Finally, other types of visual displays such as posters, pictures, emails, screen-savers or drawings of sexual nature may also lead to sexual harassment claims.
If you have been adversely affected by sexual harassment at work, contact our employment discrimination lawyers with years of experience in representation workers in sexual harassment cases.
The employment lawyers at the California Employment Law Group specialize in protecting the rights of employees from unfair employment practices, including sexual harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination in the workplace.
If you’ve been sexually harassed at work, contact the attorneys at the California Employment Law Group today for a consultation with an experienced employment lawyer who will clearly explain your rights and options under the law.