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In the workplace, you should be safe from all forms of harassment, including unwanted sexual advances. If you have experienced any type of sexual harassment, from subtle remarks to witnessing inappropriate conduct in the workplace, you may have grounds for a claim.
At the Law Offices of Scott R. Ames, we know many employees are afraid to stand up to inappropriate conduct in the workplace due to fear of retaliation. Our Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers are here to stand up for your rights if you have been a victim of any type of sexual harassment.
What Is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is any type of unwanted or inappropriate behavior from a manager or one employee to another or even a non-employee. Employees of all genders can be victims of sexual harassment. Even if your job was not directly damaged by the behavior (such as being demoted or fired) you may still have a valid claim.
A few examples of sexual harassment in the workplace include:
- Unwelcome advances
- Requests for sexual favors
- Inappropriate comments
- Quid pro quo
Quid Pro Quo vs Hostile Work Environment
Workplace sexual harassment generally falls under one of two categories:
- Quid pro quo
- And hostile work environment
Quid pro quo involves the implication that an employment benefit is available in exchange for a sexual favor, or would be revoked if this favor is not performed.
This includes benefits such as:
- Or desired work assignments
A single incidence of quid pro quo is illegal, and employers can be liable for the actions of a supervisor engaging in this behavior. A hostile work environment involves frequent or pervasive behavior of a sexual nature, including comments, advances, and requests.
This can include:
- Displaying inappropriate media
- Sexual jokes
- Persistent and unwanted interactions
- And interference with the ability of someone to move freely
In addition to the targeted person, employees who witness the harassment can also be victimized by a hostile work environment.
Sexual Harassment Laws in California
The state of California has among the best legal protections for employees. This includes laws protecting workers from sexual harassment. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act states that employers have a responsibility to create a harassment free workplace environment.
When it comes to liability, the employee perpetuating the harassment is held personally liable for damages to the victim. The employer would be held strictly liable if the harasser was a supervisor or the employer themselves. The employer would also be held liable for damages if they knew about the harassment and failed to take immediate and appropriate action to stop the behavior.
If you have experienced sexual harassment in Los Angeles or any part of California, you are entitled to recover damages.
Damages that are recoverable in a sexual harassment claim can include:
- Emotional distress
- Hiring or job reinstatement if possible or practical
- Compensation for lost wages if you were forced to quit or fired as a result of reporting the harassment
- Policy changes on behalf of the employer
- Punitive damages if the employer is shown to have engaged in especially malicious behavior
In cases with compensatory or punitive damages, federal law limits the amount you can be awarded based on the size of your employer's company.
Seeking Justice for Sexual Harassment Cases
At the Law Offices of Scott R. Ames, we understand how difficult it can be to deal with harassment in the workplace, especially when it is of a sexual nature. You may be worried about dealing with retaliation, discrimination, or even termination as a result of the incident(s).
Fortunately, our firm is experienced in dealing with all types of employment law issues, including sexual harassment cases. We take the time to gain a thorough understanding of your allegations and build a strong case on your behalf to hold your employer responsible.
Denial of Severance Benefits $590,000
Age Discrimination $650,000
Breach of Contract – Bench Decision $469,677
Sex/Religious Harassment $850,000
At the Law Offices of Scott R. Ames you are in good hands.