When an employer allows sexual harassment in the workplace, just going to work can become a living hell. If you have been the target of off-color comments, jokes, gestures or other actions, you do not have to tolerate this behavior. You have the right to report this activity to your supervisor or Human Resources Department. If it continues, you can take action to stop it. You may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages and benefits and emotional suffering.
We are advocates for employees who are victims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and other violations of employment law. When our firm takes your case, we will energetically work to obtain compensation and justice for you.
The law recognizes two types of sexual harassment:
Quid pro quo harassment — when sexual favors are demanded by a supervisor or manager as a condition of employment.
Hostile work environment — when an employer knowingly allows a hostile, offensive, oppressive or intimidating work environment based on sex to continue, and which adversely affects an employee’s ability to work.
The vast majority of sexual harassment victims are women, but men can suffer the effects of these behaviors too.
What You Need to Do
Your first action should be to work through your supervisor or human resources department. You can contact the attorneys at Pacific Coast Injury Law Center before you do. If the employer fails to take action or if the offending behavior continues, you may have a case.
An attorney at Pacific Coast Injury Law Center can review your situation and discuss your legal options in a consultation. The more information you can bring to this meeting, the better. If possible, keep a diary of events as they occur and get the names of witnesses that can verify key aspects of your story. Your attorney can assess the strength of your case based on the information you provide.