Sexual harassment at work can occur in a variety of scenarios, from sexual innuendos to stalking. If you are a victim of sexual harassment at work, please do not feel ashamed to come forward for help. It is important to understand your rights and to know what is considered to be unlawful in the workplace.
Any type of sexual harassment is degrading and unfair. Unfortunately, not all types of sexual harassment are considered illegal, especially when it is an isolated incident. Unlawful sexual harassment usually is an ongoing occurrence that drastically affects the workplace environment and potentially threatens job stability or promotion in more extreme cases. It can come in many forms and from many types of people, including employers, clients, and co-workers.
The first type of unlawful sexual harassment in the workplace is quid pro quo, roughly translating to “something for something.” This situation occurs when an employment action, such as a promotion or termination, is dependent on submitting to the employer’s sexual harassment. Legal compensation can result in regaining lost wages, lost employment opportunities, lost benefits and possible compensation for emotional distress.
Hostile work environment is the second unlawful type of sexual harassment at work. In these cases, the harassment must be severe enough to change the conditions of the working environment or alter the status of employment. Anyone affected by the harassment, not necessarily just the direct victim, can file a claim for sexual harassment in the workplace. To make your case, you must be able to show that the harassment was unwelcome and had to do with gender or sexuality. It also must be oppressive enough to change the workplace environment or be socially considered to be severe or pervasive.
Under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), employees are protected from hostile work environments created by sexual misconduct or remarks. If you feel that you are a victim of sexual harassment at work, it is important to not take on a case alone. Reach out to Strong Advocates’ experienced sexual harassment attorneys for help.
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