Sexual harassment is one of the most commonly litigated types of workplace harassment. When a person suffers this kind of workplace violation, it can make it impossible for them to focus on their jobs. If you are being sexually harassed at work, you have legal options to protect yourself and your career. At Frontier, our Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers can help you prove that there was unethical behavior and build a case to protect yourself and other employees from this kind of treatment.
Sexual harassment occurs when a person receives unwanted sexual advances, whether in exchange for something or simply to make someone feel uncomfortable. This crime falls into two general classifications: quid pro quo harassment and creation of a hostile work environment.
Examples of sexual harassment in the workplace include:
Quid pro quo sexual harassment involves a trade-off of sexual favors, a romantic relationship, or cooperation in some other type of sexually-based scenario. The most common form of quid pro quo sexual harassment involves a superior who offers a promotion or other favorable treatment to an employee in return for sexual favors, or who penalizes an employee who rejects his/her advances.
Hostile work environment claims are often less clear-cut and may arise in the context of sexual harassment or in relation to any other protected class.
For example, a hostile work environment claim might arise out of:
To rise to the level of actionable harassment, a hostile work environment must be pervasive. Single or occasional incidents will generally not be sufficient to support a claim.
It is important to know important facts if you feel you have been a victim of harassment in your work environment:
Too often, people who are subjected to harassment in the workplace feel helpless. The environment might be so destructive that it induces anxiety, makes you physically ill, and fills you with a sense of dread about going to work in the morning. Employees who fear losing their jobs or facing other penalties frequently feel they have no choice but to tolerate harassment.
But the law can protect you, only if you act. Establishing a sexual harassment claim requires not just a showing of harassment but also that the employer has been allowed reasonable time to correct the situation and failed to do so.
Here are some steps you should take if you are a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace:
An experienced Los Angeles workplace harassment attorney can explain your rights and options so that you can make informed decisions about how to address your situation. Frontier can help you determine whether you are ready to pursue a workplace harassment claim against your employer.
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