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Workplace Sexual HarassmentSexual abuse should never be tolerated. When sexual harassment occurs in the workplace, it creates a hostile environment that makes it more difficult for everyone to do their jobs. Most importantly, it violates the rights, privacy, and safety of the person subjected to it.

We understand that filing a complaint of sexual harassment or abuse against an employer can be intimidating. Rest assured that when you meet with our Orange County sexual abuse attorneys, your situation will be handled with the utmost discretion. We won’t move forward with charges until you are certain that this is the route you want to take.

Remember, no matter how the case turns out, you are protected by law from retaliation.

Call (800) 543-4829 to request your free, confidential consultation at Aegis Law Firm.

What Is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual advances, or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This definition includes many forms of offensive behavior and includes gender-based harassment of a person of the same sex as the harasser.

The following is a partial list of workplace sexual harassment violations:

  • Unwanted sexual advances
  • Offering employment benefits in exchange for sexual favors
  • Making or threatening reprisals after a negative response to sexual advances
  • Visual conduct: leering, making sexual gestures, displaying of suggestive objects or pictures,
  • Cartoon or posters
  • Verbal conduct: making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs, jokes, sexual advances or propositions
  • Verbal abuse of a sexual nature, graphic verbal commentaries about an individual's body
  • Sexually degrading words used to describe an individual
  • Suggestive or obscene letters, notes or invitations
  • Physical conduct: touching, assault, impeding or blocking movements

All employers are prohibited from harassing employees in the workplace.

Call (800) 543-4829 or contact Aegis Law Firm online to schedule a free consultation with a trusted sexual harassment lawyer in Irvine.

How to Recognize Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Workplace sexual harassment laws have been defined by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC). There are two recognized types of sexual harassment: quid pro quo and hostile work environment.

What you should know about sexual harassment charges:

  • Quid pro quo –This is when a person in a position of authority demands the exchange of sexual favors for advancement opportunities, raises, or general job improvements. This can involve any sort of inappropriate conduct, such as requesting that an employee place a hand on their leg, say things for them, or send them pictures.
  • Hostile environment – This is a more general form of harassment that can be conducted by anyone at the workplace. This charge can be applied to any unwanted sexually motivated action.

Not all forms of sexual harassment are obvious or explicit. There are many ways a coworker can use another for sexual gratification. If you feel your privacy has been violated, you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

How to Hold Your Employer Accountable

If harassment occurs, an employer may be liable even if management was not aware of the harassment. Employers are strictly liable for harassment by their supervisors or agents. The harasser can be held personally liable for damages. Additionally, Government Code section 12940, subdivision (k), requires an entity to take “all reasonable steps to prevent harassment from occurring.” If an employer has failed to take such preventative measures, that employer can be held liable for the harassment.

Compensation for Sexual Harassment Victims

A victim may be entitled to monetary damages even though no employment opportunity has been denied and there is no actual loss of pay or benefits. Compensation in workplace sexual harassment cases is based mainly on the type of harm that the employee suffered as a result of the harassment.

Damages available to victims of sexual harassment include:

  • Back pay and/or front pay
  • Punitive damages
  • Attorneys' fees
  • Pain and suffering

Take the Appropriate Precautions

Sexual harassment is not always easy to prove. If you move forward with legal action, the court will likely want to know what you have done to stop the behavior from occurring. Before filing a claim, you should take note of the behavior, how often it occurs, and who else knows about it. If you feel comfortable asking the person to stop, do so. Likewise, speaking with HR or a supervisor can be beneficial.

These routes can work, but do not always provide the desired results. At Aegis Law Firm, we offer free initial consultations so that you can discuss the situation with someone who you know is on your side. Just knowing that you have legal advocates ready to back you up can help you find the confidence to speak up about these problems.

Visit our sexual harassment FAQ page to learn more about your legal options, then request your free consultation at Aegis Law Firm by calling (800) 543-4829. Our skilled sexual harassment attorneys serve Irvine, Orange County & Los Angeles Areas.

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