Sexual Harassment Lawyers in Agoura Hills & Westlake Village
Protecting the Legal Rights of California Employees
Unfortunately, sexual harassment in the California workplace has been committed in the past by many individuals leading to a social movement of import. With the advent of the #metoo movement, claims by applicants and employees of illegal behavior on the part of those in a position of authority have come to light. Sexual harassment can occur in a wide variety of ways, many of them subtle. However, any type of harassment based on one’s sex and body is illegal. In this matter, you have both federal and state statutes protecting you.
If you believe you have been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, we urge you to discuss your situation with a competent and trusted employment law attorney. At Bradley/Grombacher LLP, we are committed to fighting for your rights in the workplace and have spent a combined 50 years of practice in this endeavor. Our legal team understands the stress and humiliation that can occur through this type of unlawful behavior and is passionate about helping you seek justice. Our sexual harassment lawyers in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village have helped hundreds of individuals fight for their dignity through appropriate claims and lawsuits seeking and obtaining damages against those who have caused emotional and financial harm through sexually harassing behaviors.
Legal Claims of Sexual Harassment in California
Sexual harassment is prohibited in the workplace under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which applies to employers who have 15 or more employees. It is also regulated at the state level by the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Under both state and federal law, sexually harassing an employee is considered to be a form of workplace discrimination.
In general, two types of sexual harassment have been categorized under these laws:
- Sexual harassment leading to a hostile, offensive, or intimidating work environment; occurring when the harassing behavior is severe or pervasive
- “Quid pro quo” harassment in which the harasser offers certain advantages (or threatens disadvantages) for sexual favors or some other type of sexual exchange
Sexual harassment can consist of a wide variety of unwanted behaviors, including the following:
- Sexual or graphic comments, slurs, jokes, messages, invitations, or gestures
- Unwanted physical contact, such as backrubs, brushing up against you, unwanted touching, pats, or slaps
- Discussions about sexual acts and/or body parts
- Discussions or allusions to your body parts or those of others
- Posters, pictures, cartoons, memes, or other visual displays of sexually explicit materials through electronic means or otherwise
- Threats of losing your job, position, hours, work duties, or other aspects of employment if you fail to give in to a sexual advance or if you make a formal complaint about the harassing behavior
- Loss of any employment benefits if you fail to comply with a sexual invitation or advance
- Blocking your physical movement, cornering you, or other sexually intimidating behaviors
Even if you are not the target of sexual harassment, you may suffer from the threatening nature of a hostile work environment as directed towards others. Furthermore, sexual harassment does not consist only of behavior directed at women from men. Both men and women can commit sexual harassment against their own sex as well as the opposite sex.
Sexual harassment is generally regarded as being both objective and subjective. Its objective element is based on the fact that the behavior would be considered hostile or offensive if experienced by any reasonable person. The subjective element consists of the emotional distress that is actually experienced as a result. Sexual harassment can result in poor work performance, wanting to quit your job, depression, and other forms of stress.