Workplace Sexual Harassment Cases
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Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects all employees within the country from both employment discrimination based on sex – and many other protected classes – and sexual harassment in the workplace. Workers who have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work, whether it was carried out by an employer, superior, coworker, customer, or third party vendor, are free to seek justice and potentially compensation as well. Newman & Allen has a team of trusted employment lawyers in Rancho Cucamonga that you can depend on if you need to file a workplace sexual harassment claim, or just need to know more about your protected rights as an employee in California.
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Workplace Sexual Harassment as Defined by Law
What does constitute sexual harassment in the workplace? The answer is not made entirely clear to many employees, resulting in uncounted amounts of workers not knowing that they have had their rights violated by the inappropriate actions of others. As it is defined in California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) statutes, sexual harassment in the workplace is any sort of conduct that creates “a hostile environment” based on a person’s sex, gender identity, or gender expression. The hostile environment may also be so pervasive or severe that it can potentially negatively impact employment opportunity or wage rates. In many cases, the employee must also contact a work superior about the harassment and attempt to have it stopped through workplace channels first; only after those efforts fail might the incident or incidents be considered sexual harassment.
Examples of what could be interpreted as sexual harassment:
- An employer tells an employee to commit a sexual act in order to get a raise or promotion.
- A colleague continually asks another colleague out for a date despite clear instructions not to ask any further.
- A worker tells a sexually-based joke in the break room that could be considered quite offensive to a reasonable person.
- A customer in a retail store gropes an employee.
Since the definition of sexual harassment is somewhat open to interpretation or discretion on a case-by-case basis, this can be used in either the favor or disfavor of the person filing the claim. It is important to work with an employment lawyer who is knowledgeable about the nuances of employment law and case precedents to build a strong case that is not subject to misfortunate interpretation from a judge or administrator.
You Cannot Be Retaliated Against for Reporting Harassment
In many workplace sexual harassment cases, an employee is fearful to report the incident due to the real possibility of facing retaliation. Any sort of counteraction against an employee who complains of inappropriate workplace behavior to the company is strictly illegal due to further state level protections. Be mindful of how your employer or supervisor interacts with you after you file a harassment claim and make clear records of anything that could constitute retaliation.
Common forms of unjust retaliation against employees are:
- Termination, firing, or discharge
- Pay or hour reductions
- Forced location transfer without valid reason
- Continued forms of harassment
Protect Yourself & Others by Reporting Workplace Harassment
Newman & Allen can instill you with confidence when filing a workplace sexual harassment claim or report. The firm’s Rancho Cucamonga employment law attorneys have the know-how, experience, and tenacity necessary to stand up to companies of any size and have a deliberate focus on high-stakes wrongful termination cases. All you need to do is take the first step in retaining their services.
Call (909) 328-6101 or contact the firm online and ask for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation regarding your case.