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Irvine Sexual Abuse Lawyer

If your employer has refused to make accommodations for you, or has punished you for taking time off for purposes related to your sexual abuse, you can do something about it. The law is on your side, but you also need an experienced Irvine sexual abuse attorney to advocate for you and secure your legal rights. Aegis Law Firm can help you.

  • For almost 20 years, we have been helping real people win the compensation they deserve.
  • We are a team of experienced and trial-tested advocates who are not afraid to take your case to court if we have to.
  • Our Irvine employment attorneys have secured over $300 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients throughout the Orange County and Los Angeles Areas.
  • Our 99% success rate speaks to our diligence and passion in representing individuals wronged at work.

Do not let the fear of retaliation keep you from speaking up about your rights. You have rights in the workplace, and we can help you protect those rights. If you have suffered adverse employment action as a result of your sexual abuse case, Aegis Law Firm can help you get justice. Call us today at (949) 379-6250 to schedule an appointment with one of our passionate Irvine sexual abuse lawyers. Your initial consultation is free and we have Spanish-speaking services available.

Employer Accommodations for Sexual Abuse Victims

If you or a family member are a victim of sexual abuse, you may need some time away from work to protect your health and safety, and take legal action to yourself or your family member. While your employer may only be concerned about their bottom line, employees must take care of their personal wellbeing in order to be productive in the workplace. The law recognizes that victims need time to deal with sexual abuse issues, and employers must make accommodations to allow employees time off to deal with those issues.

If you are a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking, your right to accommodation from your employer is protected under California Labor Code section 230. Under the Code, an employer with five or more employees cannot fire, discriminate or retaliate against an employee who is a victim of sexual abuse and takes time off to:

  • Appear in court to comply with a court order
  • Obtain legal relief such as a temporary restraining order, restraining order, or other legal relief to protect their health, safety, or welfare, or that of their child

When it is possible to do so, victims must give reasonable notice of their absence to their employer. If the circumstances do not allow the victim to give reasonable notice, the employer must give the victim a reasonable amount of time to document the reason for their absence before taking any adverse employment action.

Reasonable Accommodations for Victims of Sexual Abuse

California employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations for victims of sexual abuse who request accommodation to protect their safety while they are at work. Employer accommodations for this purpose may include:

  • Implementing safety measures including a transfer, reassignment, or modification of work schedule
  • Changing the victim’s work telephone number or work station
  • Assisting the victim in documenting sexual abuse that occurs in the workplace
  • Referring the victim to a sexual abuse assistance organization

What Happens if a Sexual Assault Victim is Punished at Work?

A victim who is terminated, threatened with termination, suspended, demoted, or in any way punished by their employer because they took time from work will be entitled to certain reliefs under the law including:

  • Reinstatement to their job
  • Reimbursement for lost wages and benefits
  • Other reliefs that may be appropriate given the circumstances of the case

Get Help from an Irvine Sexual Abuse Attorney

If your employment has been terminated or you are being punished for taking time off from work because of sexual abuse, you might be entitled to legal relief. Contact the experienced Irvine sexual abuse lawyers at Aegis Law Firm. Your initial consultation is free and you pay no fees unless we win. Call us today at (949) 379-6250 to schedule an appointment.