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We Are Experienced Workplace Sexual Harassment Lawyers

Millions of workers throughout the United States have the right to work unimpeded to ensure they are making a living. However, it’s vital for those individuals to feel safe at work, and free of any action that can cause them physical or emotional harm. Far too often, employers fail to implement policies and protocols to prevent this from occurring, and one of the worst offenses that can arise in the workplace is sexual harassment. Harassment on the job can make it nearly impossible for you to complete your daily tasks as you feel uncomfortable and sometimes even threatened by the actions.

At Ozeran Law, we know how concerning it is to be on the receiving end of any kind of harassment, with sexual harassment proving to be one of the worst actions possible. It’s vital for you to recognize what rights you have and having a sexual harassment lawyer in your side can prove to be the difference. If you are experiencing employer harassment or from another co-worker, know that we are experienced Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers, and we got your back every step of the way. 

Employers cannot be allowed to get away with sexual harassment, especially if it causes mental trauma and other problems for an employee. As sexual harassment lawyers in Los Angeles, our team is well aware of the legal matters that follow a report of sexual harassment in the workplace and why it’s so necessary for you to have a voice. We work hard to take action on your behalf, giving you the peace of mind you deserve during such a difficult situation.

What Acts Are Considered Sexual Harassment?

When you need to report sexual harassment, it’s vital to understand the different acts that the law may consider sexual harassment. In some situations, you may not even realize that you’ve experienced sexual harassment because it seems as though the action is innocent in context. However, there are many different acts that can be considered sexual harassment, and you are allowed to report the incident if it makes you feel uncomfortable. Below, we’ll talk about some of the most common acts considered sexual harassment, how they occur, and why it’s so important for you to take action after it occurs:

  • Unwanted advances: When your place of work is interrupted by an employer or co-worker who is constantly attempting to cross the intimate threshold, it can be difficult to endure. Unwanted advances can arise should someone repeatedly compliment you on your appearance and ask for a date or sexual interaction despite you declining. 
  • Inappropriate touching: So many people feel they do nothing wrong when they touch someone, even if it’s on the arm or shoulder. However, a touch can be considered inappropriate any time it makes you feel uncomfortable, even if it’s just the other person trying to be comforting. Constant inappropriate touching should not be tolerated.
  • Sexist comments: Sexist comments can include co-workers talking to each other with you not even part of the conversation. Typically, sexist comments arise when someone makes a claim or statement that could be considered derogatory or offensive to you about your gender.
  • Offensive jokes: Some individuals in the workplace feel they can talk to others and make offensive or sexual jokes. If you are in the area while a conversation like this is taking place, and it makes you uncomfortable, it can be considered sexual harassment. Offensive jokes have no place in the workplace, even if others feel as though there’s nothing wrong with it. 
  • Asking private questions: Your private life is no concern of anyone else, and when your co-workers or employer asks questions about your sex life, it is considered sexual harassment. They’re trying to get information they don’t need, and it often leads to even more inappropriate and uncomfortable conversations.
  • Sexually suggestive comments, gifts, or questions: If your co-worker or employer makes a comment (such as a compliment on your clothing), gives you a gift, or asks you a question with sexual intent, it can be considered sexual harassment. You should recognize how to respond to inform the other person when you’re uncomfortable, and you can take action.
  • Sharing photos or rumors: While interoffice relationships can be difficult to deal with in the first place, if someone else shares sexually suggestive photos of you or rumors about your private life, it can make the workplace devastating to experience. 
  • Using a power of position for sexual favors: One of the most difficult situations you may experience is an employer or supervisor who attempts to use his or her power in order to request sexual favors. One of these individuals may threaten to fire you if you don’t perform a sexual act. Another type of sexual harassment in this regard is promising advancements or opportunities in exchange for sexual favors. 

Our Los Angeles workplace sexual harassment lawyers can help you identify any problems, and protect you in the aftermath of a report. We’ll protect you from sex discrimination and other problems that may arise.

California Laws Against Sexual Harassment at Work

The sexual harassment law in California recently underwent various changes following the 2018 #MeToo movement. Prior to the change in the law, businesses with 50 or more employees had to provide all individuals a mandatory two-hour training and education period for help with sexual harassment and abusive behavior in the workplace. Following the passing of the bill, any employer with 5 or more employees must now provide the sexual harassment training. The training must be repeated every two years to ensure that everyone within the organization has a firm understanding of what sexual harassment is, how to identify it, and how to report it. 

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act exists to ensure employees don’t have to endure harassment of any kind. If you are the victim of sexual harassment, it is often the Department of Fair Employment and Housing that steps in to protect your rights. The DFEH can work with employers to ensure they comply with the new laws. 

Beyond the laws that California has in place for training, there are laws regarding how employees are protected and their rights to move forward. Of course, if you experience any kind of sexual harassment in the workplace, you want to report it to the correct agency. You can also hire an employment lawyer who can help you understand your rights. Whereas a workers’ compensation lawyer deals with injuries on the job that goes through an employer’s insurance provider, a sexual harassment lawyer deals with direct lawsuits to hold the employer liable for his or her actions.

Workplace Sexual Harassment Statistics

While you may feel as though sexual harassment is something that happens far and few between, the statistics regarding just how often it happens will explain just how severe of a problem this action is. Even worse, there are countless situations that go unreported because many individuals are concerned about the aftermath. People fear retaliation and further harassment if they report it. Sometimes, there’s a stigma that if you report it, nothing will happen. This is not true. Countless individuals have taken legal action after sexual harassment in the workplace to pursue justice and compensation when they need it most. 

Before you move forward, here are some of the most important statistics regarding workplace sexual harassment:

  • About 21% of all U.S. workers have experienced sexual harassment at some point of their careers.
  • Sexual harassment is more common with women, who account for about 81% of the cases. 
  • In terms of types of sexual harassment, roughly 64% of all healthcare workers experience verbal sexual harassment. 
  • Roughly 28% of workplace sexual harassment victims don’t report the incident because they are worried nothing will be done to help them.
  • According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there were nearly 7,000 sexual harassment charges in 2017, resulting in over $43 million in payouts to the victims.
  • In nearly 55% of cases, victims of sexual harassment endure mental trauma following their incident, staying alone in many situations to avoid further acts of harassment. 
  • About 45% of all sexual harassment claims that go to the EEOC involve harassment based on a person’s sex. 
  • A recent study showed that 63% of women who experienced sexual harassment did not file a complaint. Even more, 79% of men who experienced it did not report the incident. 

As you can see, the numbers are concerning. Employers must do better to ensure they’re taking action when sexual harassment is reported and training employees about sexual harassment. If you experience sexual harassment in the workplace, don’t be afraid to report it and take legal action.

How Can I Report Sexual Harassment?

If you experience sexual harassment, you want to ensure you’re reporting the action to the correct authorities. In most cases, you’re going to report the incident to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Provide as much detail as possible, including who committed the sexual harassment, the comments or actions involved, who may have witnessed it happen, and when and where it took place. Even if it doesn’t occur in the workplace, it may still qualify you to file a report. 

If the incident involves a co-worker and not a supervisor or employer, you can also report the incident to your higher ups, the human resources department at your job, and your legal team.

The sooner you report the incident, the better. You should have as much information about the incident(s) as possible and it can help to determine your ability to pursue compensation. Remember, though, many people worry about reporting sexual harassment because they’re unsure of what problems may arise afterwards. We’ll touch base on your rights below.

Is It Illegal for an Employer to Retaliate Against an Employee for Reporting Sexual Harassment?

Quite often, those who experience sexual harassment in the workplace have a very valid concern: will my boss try to retaliate against me for reporting sexual harassment? It’s understandable that you may not want to endure additional actions that make you uncomfortable, and you don’t want to lose your job should your employer try to fire you following your reporting of the incident. However, it’s very important to know that it is against the law for your employer to retaliate against you for doing something right. Reporting workplace sexual harassment should not cause fear, but retaliation is illegal, and you can pursue additional legal recourse if your employer tries to fire you, demote you, or further make your work life uncomfortable. 

If your employer tries to retaliate against you, here are some of the things you can pursue in a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit: 

  • Compensation for lost income following a wrongful termination because of retaliation
  • Compensation for emotional trauma stemming from the act of sexual harassment, as well as the aftermath should you face retaliation
  • Reinstatement if you are fired, but you want to return to your same company, position, and pay

Simply put, your employer cannot retaliate against you for reporting sexual harassment, and if he or she does, we’ll be there to help!

Hire a Workplace Sexual Harassment Lawyer

At Ozeran Law, we know how difficult it is to experience such a devastating action. Sexual harassment is not only physically damaging, it can cause significant mental trauma that can impact the victim for many years to come. When this occurs, it should not be tolerated. Our harassment attorneys are here to help you every step of the way. We go above and beyond with your rights in mind to provide you with the strong legal counsel you deserve during such a difficult time.

No matter your situation, if you experience an uncomfortable workplace because of sexual harassment, you have legal rights. We’ll help you understand how to move forward and explain your options at each phase with your best interests in mind. Trust us to be your voice against sexual harassment. We’re here for you.

Call us today to discuss your potential case.