Los Angeles workers are more sensitive to the right to work in an environment free of sexual harassment. However, “subtle sexual harassers” still run rampant in Los Angeles work environments. These subtle harassers — often veiling their harassment as an attempt to help you — may require you to give them sexual favors. However, the manipulation will be so subtle that you might not realize it’s happening.
To avoid becoming the victim of subtle sexual harassment, it’s important to identify it as soon as it begins. Here are a few things you should consider immediate “red flags:”
— Basic flirting: Basic flirting might seem innocent, but there is no excuse for any kind of flirting when it’s brought on by a superior. It’s especially inappropriate when the flirting is unwanted, unsolicited and makes you feel uncomfortable.
— Talking about sexual topics: Sometimes subtle sexual harassers will bring the conversation toward their libido or hormonal state and make it seem like a “joke” or like it’s “socially acceptable.”
— Dropping hints to test if you’re “interested:” You might feel like your coworker or superior is constantly putting out feelers or hints in order to determine if you have a mutual sexual interest.
Sexual harassment never feels completely innocent and it’s not about making friends or creating a real relationship. The behavior is derived from the harasser’s need to exert power over you. If you feel that you or your coworker is being victimized by subtle sexual harassment, it’s important to speak up about it to a superior. If the harassment continues in spite of your complaints, an employment law attorney — such as the lawyers at the Bononi Law Group in Los Angeles — may be to help you stop the harassment once and for all.