We are essential, and so are you! Our firm is still OPEN for business and accepting new clients. To protect your safety, we are offering new and current clients the ability to meet with us via telephone or through video conferencing. Please call our office to discuss your options.
Bononi Law Group, LLP
California's Leaders in Employment Law
EMAIL 866-295-7512 866-295-7512
Main Menu Office Location

Identifying sexual harassment in the California workplace

employment sexual harassment 1.jpg

Maybe you've carefully dodged an unwelcome advance from a Los Angeles co-worker, perhaps even a supervisor. Many workers wonder how many times they have to put up with this kind of treatment before it becomes a reportable offense. One episode of sexual harassment can be enough to act, but there are things to consider.

You may hear a derogatory joke while eating at a workplace cafeteria or hear offensive sexual comments in an elevator. It's difficult to decide what to do next, especially if the joke or comment isn't directed toward you. Do you confront the offender, report it to a supervisor or let it pass?

A pattern of verbal, written or physical contact frequently is established. You may see someone leering at you, making obviously sexual comments or gesturing suggestively. The first time may seem like a test or simply a mistake, but sexual harassment often continues until the work environment feels hostile.

Sexual harassment can begin and end with an individual or be part of an overall workplace attitude permitted by an employer. Company officials have a legal obligation to try to prevent and stop these incidents. Information and, in some cases, worker training must be provided that outlines state and federal laws and details the complaint process.

Many employees stay quiet about these issues or fight battles privately, thinking that saying nothing will ensure some kind of job security. So you know: an employer may not take a retaliatory action, like a demotion or firing, against a worker who files an internal or external sexual harassment complaint. That doesn't mean the company won't try to make the worker's life miserable.

A lawyer's advice can be helpful from the time you suspect sexual harassment. Find out if you employment claim is valid and what to do about it by discussing the matter with an attorney, preferably before taking other actions, if possible.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
American Bar Association Los Angeles County Bar Association Super Lawyers Martindale-Hubbell - AV Preeminent AVVO Rating - 10.0 Superb The National Advocates | Top 100 Lawyers Lead Counsel Rated | LC Pasadena Weekly | Reader Recommended | Best of Pasadena 2016
Bononi Law Group, LLP, Attorneys & Lawyers  Employment & Workers Compensation, Pasadena, CA