Los Angeles sexual harassment laws prohibit sexual harassment at the workplace. As a result, no employee should experience, endure, or tolerate sexual harassment in a work environment of any nature. If you are a victim of sexual intimidation, sexual harassment, or unwanted sexual advancements, you can file a sexual harassment lawsuit against your perpetrator. Los Angeles sexual harassment attorneys from Limonjyan Law Group can help with your legal options.
Despite increased attention, sexual harassment is still a very real problem in the workplace.
People of all gender identifications may experience sexual harassment and it is important to hold employers accountable for these types of unlawful workplace behaviors.
Have You Experienced Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?
If you believe that you are the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, call our offices at (213) 277-7444.
What Is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment can be defined as any unwelcome sexual advances which include verbal and physical conduct without someone’s consent. Experiencing sexual harassment at the workplace can make you feel powerless, intimidated, embarrassed, and unsafe. At its best, sexual harassment can undermine your confidence and self-esteem; hence you should never ignore it.
But how do you recognize sexual harassment? Sometimes it is not easy to tell what qualifies as sexual harassment at work. This is because it varies widely based on the situation and circumstances around the occurrence. Some behaviors or actions, though inappropriate, do not certainly qualify as sexual harassment. The main forms of sexual harassment are:
Hostile Work Environment
This is the most common type of workplace sexual harassment. In most cases, a hostile work environment is created when unwanted conduct or comments based on sex unreasonably affects your performance at work. A colleague, supervisor, manager, or employer can make you experience this form of harassment.
In addition, sexual harassment can occur due to a workplace culture of unappealing and inappropriate behavior. Common examples of conducts that can comprise an intimidating work environment include:
- Demanding sexual favors
- Repeated, unwanted sexual advances and/or physical contact
- Telling sexual jokes (written or verbal)
- Sending sexual messages, pictures, cartoons, and other forms of literature and graphics that are sexually explicit
- Using inappropriate language
- Making unnecessary physical contact, such as rubbing against a coworker
- Use of slurs
- Spreading sexual rumors
- Reprisal (threatening to punish or fire an employee if they decline your sexual advances)
Quid Pro Quo – “this for that”
Quid Pro Quo occurs when a superior employee or employer offers you a promotion, job, or other benefits on the condition that you accept their sexual demands. In this scenario, a superior uses their position to solicit sexual advances from an employee eager to make a good impression. This form of harassment can also come with a threat that you will be fired if you turn down their sexual advances.
What Should You Do if You Are Being Sexually Harassed?
Suppose you believe you have been fired because you launched a sexual harassment claim against your employer. In that case, you may have a right to file a wrongful termination lawsuit asking for compensation for emotional pain and monetary damages.
If you are unsure of the situation but believe that you have been harassed and you have been terminated as a result, a good place to start is to speak with a sexual harassment attorney. You can contact Ruben Limonjyan, a Los Angeles sexual harassment attorney from Limonjyan Law Group, for help. You can also visit our Los Angeles office or call us at 213-277-7444 for a free consultation.
If you are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, you should take steps to make it clear that you consider the offensive conduct to be unwanted and that it must stop. You should also report the harassment to your human resources department or through your employer’s grievance system.
If the harassment continues after you have taken these steps, you should contact a Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyer.
Contact Our Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Attorney For Help
We can help determine whether you have a strong case for sexual harassment. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (213) 277-7444 or contact us online. In addition to English, we speak Spanish, Russian, and Armenian, and we provide representation to workers throughout Southern California.